Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager fired over policy violation

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager fired over policy violation

A CBS News reporter has spoken out about the threatening text message she received from former 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who was sacked on Wednesday in the wake of recent accusations of sexual misconduct and fostering an abusive workplace.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is the creator of the 1980s CBS hit Designing Women. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012.

In November 2017, CBS News dropped Charlie Rose following a Washington Post investigation detailing allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Sources at CBS News said there was a consensus that the network couldn't take action in the Fager case until the Moonves case was settled. The legendary TV writer revealed that she was producing a pilot titled Fully Clothed Non-Dancing Women and immediately became anxious when she heard that Moonves "was rumored to be a big fan of topless bars". Designing Women starred Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor, Alice Ghostley, Julia Duffy, Jan Hooks and Judith Ivey.

Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves.

Bloodworth Thomason executive produces with her husband Harry Thomason, who also directed and executive produced the original series. As soon as the pilot was completed, Moonves informed me that it would not be picked up. "I would not work again for seven years".

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The long-time producer of the CBS News show 60 minutes, Jeff Fager, is leaving his job "immediately" amid claims that he sexually harassed colleagues. Bloodworth-Thomason later began to hear from female CBS employees about Moonves' misogynist behavior. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me.

Bloodworth-Thomason says Les Moonves denied requests from both Bette Midler and Huey Lewis to work on TV pilots with her. He informed her that she was too old to be on his network. It was then decided that the former CEO's evasiveness meant he could be terminated with cause, and in the end Moonves left the network without a dime. She detailed her final transaction with Moonves and CBS in her THR piece.

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how. She began to cry and stood up to go.

Bloodworth Thomason doesn't mention the incident or the actress again, but the claim reinforces the sexual misconduct allegations Moonves is now facing and the pattern of behavior suggested in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker pieces.

"When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, 'Welcome to '60 Minutes.' You're one of us now", Johnasen told The New Yorker.

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