'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

It was the first time in the history of the show that Chen has used the Moonves surname while signing off, a clear indication that she still supports her husband amid the accusations levied against him in two blistering New Yorker articles by Ronan Farrow. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes.

Just four days after husband Les Moonves was sacked as the president of CBS, Julie Chen appeared on the network with a surprising show of support.

Moonves said in a statement that "untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".

News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy".

At the end of Duncan's report, anchor Jeff Glor said to her, "That message was unacceptable".

The extraordinary drama within CBS News is an outgrowth of an investigation into Fager's behavior.

Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused Fager of inappropriate touching. "Be careful", the message said, according to Duncan. He returned as full-time executive producer at "60 Minutes" in 2015, and this fall would have marked his 15th as chief of the news magazine program.

CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke out Wednesday night about a text message exchange she had with "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager over the weekend that pushed Fager out of the company.

In today's memo, Rhodes wrote that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

That memo went on to state: '60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television.

After 15 years as chairman and CEO at the Eye network, Moonves was sacked on Sunday following serious sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.

The network also announced that it and Moonves would donate $20 million to organizations "that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace". On Tuesday, The Talk co-hosts sounded off over the news that CBS may remain silent on its investigation into Moonves - and the culture at the network - before the recent shakeup.

Their exits follow Charlie Rose, the former co-host of "CBS This Morning".

"We are going to stay in this meeting until midnight if we need to until we get an agreement that we stand 100 percent behind our CEO, and there will be no change in his status", the paper says board member William Cohen told the other directors.

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