Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Good night

I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Good night

Fager, who has denied the claims of harassment, released a statement confirming he was sacked because "I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters" over her coverage of newer allegations against him that The New Yorker published Sunday.

"This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently", he continued.

Duncan teased her appearance on Wednesday just before she appeared on air to report the story.

"Be careful", he wrote to her.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader", she tweeted.

Bill Owens will manage the "60 Minutes" team until a new executive producer is hired.

Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the flagship CBS news program, "60 Minutes", has left the network.

Mr Fager, 63, called the claims "false", and said they "do not stand up to editorial scrutiny". "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked", Sarah Johansen, who worked as an intern in the 2000s and alleged Fager groped her, told the New Yorker.

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The text message from Fager represents an attempt to pull rank and intimidate a reporter, something that surely happens to investigative reporters all the time at CBS News.

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.

When Duncan attempted to reach out to him, she said he responded with a text message threatening to jeapordize her career if she proceeded to report on the accusations. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager". Though she was working under what she describes as "the largest writing and producing contract in the history of CBS", reportedly estimated to be $45 million, the network president would not allow a single pilot of hers to be produced for seven years.

On Sunday, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow reported six new women's "claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them".

Several weeks ago, CBS brought in outside law firms to conduct investigations following an initial New Yorker article largely focused on misconduct allegations against Moonves.

Fager previously served as chairman of CBS News and became executive producer of 60 Minutes in 2003. We may have to wait until her return to The Talk to hear more. "I know nothing about the man other than he's Julie's husband and he was the head of the biggest network in the world and the most powerful man in TV".

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

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