Saturday, April 13, 2024

Turmoil at CBS as “60 Minutes” Chief Jeff Fager Out, Following Les Moonves After Barrage of Accusations


The executive producer of “60 Minutes,” Jeff Fager, is out of a job after accusations from former and current employees of sexual misconduct.

Fager’s ousting comes just days after Les Moonves, the head of CBS, also was ousted after similar accusations.

Both men were targets of The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow in his latest pair of stories aimed at obliterating powerful men in media. Farrow, the biological son of Woody Allen, hasn’t been able to destroy his father so he’s done it to “father figures” all over the media.

That isn’t to say that the accused men aren’t guilty or wrong. But it’s now Farrow’s game, shoot to kill.

At “60 Minutes,” Fager was the second ever EP after the show’s creator Don Hewitt died. Charlie Rose, who also reported for the show, was revealed by Farrow and the New York Times as a sexual harasser. He’s gone, too.

There will be an interim EP while CBS News looks for a replacement. The good bet is that the next EP will be a woman– Susan Zirinsky? I don’t know. But it’s time. For years women have pulled the “60 Minutes” cart while the men got all the credit. The late Esther Kartiganer ran that ship for decades without glory.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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