CBS reporter Jericka Duncan appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about the disturbing text message sent to her by ousted 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager when she tried to report on his conduct at the network.
Duncan said she was “shocked” when she received the text, saying it put her in an extremely compromising position as she looked into allegations of sexual misconduct against Fager.
When asked if she took it as a threat, Duncan answered “I did.”
“It’s even hard to say that today because, yes, we do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here, who I respected, and I was shocked,” Duncan said. “I thank everyone here for their support. So many comments, I can’t say that enough about the people within this organization who sent me text message, e-mails, viewers, people on Twitter, so I’m extremely grateful for that.”
Fager was ousted from CBS yesterday amid claims of his misconduct and creation of a sexist working environment. Fager is denying the misconduct allegations against him while stating he was fired because of the “harsh” text he sent Duncan.
CBS released Fager’s text last night, and it carried an ominous tone since it warned that “there are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me.” Fager’s ouster comes just days after CBS CEO Les Moonves was forced to step down over his own allegations of sexual misconduct and attempts to suppress his victims.
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