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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.

At a tense "60 Minutes" meeting on Wednesday with Rhodes, staffers insisted on an explanation of just how Fager had so violated company policy as to warrant summary dismissal.

"Big Brother" host Julie Chen returned to the CBS show Thursday night, days after her husband, Leslie Moonves, departed as CBS CEO and chairman amid allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

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

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

In this 2017 photo, "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager poses for a photo at the "60 Minutes" offices, in NY.

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.

Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject. 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".

Jericka Duncan revealed she was the journalist Fager mentioned during Wednesday's telecast of CBS Evening News.

'Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program'. The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968. And since the report from the New Yorker, Fager has said there was no legitimacy to the accusations.

"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately", CBS News president David Rhodes said in a memo to staffers on Wednesday.

In the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations against her husband Les Moonves, Julie Chen has stayed mostly quiet.

When Moonves took over CBS in the '90s Thomason said she was "at the pinnacle of my career", however, soon after she "would not work again for seven years". Rose had been a co-anchor since 2012 on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent on "60 Minutes".

"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.