CBS News on Wednesday announced that Fager would be leaving the company "effective immediately" amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. The allegations of misconduct will continue to be investigated independently, however.
Just hours after Fager was sacked on Wednesday, a composed Jericka Duncan spoke on CBS Evening News about the text messages and then announced: 'I am that reporter'. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level".
Two decades later, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason has a message for Les Moonves, who recently stepped down from his post as CBS President and CEO and is facing sexual harassment allegations from 12 women.
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the flagship CBS news program, "60 Minutes", has left the network.
He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'. "I was never sexually harassed or attacked by Les Moonves", she wrote in her guest column titled "Not All Harassment Is Sexual". She also claims that Fager told her to apologize to the other producer to "mitigate conflict in the office". Fager issued a statement referring to the text message he sent correspondent Jericka Duncan after she reached out to him for comment on Sunday, the day Farrow's latest expose was published.
Bill Owens, executive editor at "60 Minutes", will step in to manage the "60 Minutes" team while a search for a replacement is conducted. "We do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here", said Duncan on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes". In the end, she questioned why Moonves wouldn't just tell her that he had no intention of ever putting one of her shows on his network instead of just keeping her "hopping and hoping".
Incidentally, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is now developing a Designing Women reboot, but this time she won't have to worry about Les Moonves blocking it no matter what network she pitches it to. Glor pointed this out on Wednesday's newscast: "In less than a year", he said, "three of the most powerful men in broadcasting" - Fager, Moonves and Rose - "all accused of sexual misconduct, have either been fired or resigned".