Scott Pelley: ‘hostile work environment’ complaints led to ‘CBS evening news’ firing


Scott Pelley called out his former CBS bosses during an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, accusing former CBS News President David Rhodes of firing him as “CBS Evening News” anchor over complaints he brought forth over the work environment at the network.

Pelley told CNN’s Brian Stelter that five years ago, he came to Rhodes with complaints that “that this hostile work environment couldn’t go on, for women and men […] And he told me if I kept agitating about that internally then I’d lose my job.”

Pelley said that he took his complaints to “Rhodes’ boss,” presumably CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and CBS CEO Les Moonves, who did not address the issue.

“I went to his boss [Fager] and he told me that he didn’t share my concerns, and, having exhausted the possibilities in the news division, I went to the chairman of the CBS Corporation [Moonves], who listened to me very concerned for an hour, and asked some penetrating questions about what was going on,” Pelley said. “I didn’t hear back from him, but in the next opportunity in my contract, I was let go from the Evening News.”

Both Fager and Moonves were removed from CBS following reports of sexual misconduct and harassment at the network. Former “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose was also fired after reports surfaced of sexual misconduct accusations towards him dating back to 1986.

Pelley did not specify in the CNN interview whether his complaints were about the sexual harassment accusations that have led to investigations into CBS and its news division. Pelley currently serves as a correspondent for “60 Minutes,” while Norah O’Donnell currently serves as “CBS Evening News” anchor.

Pelley and CBS News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for further comment. Watch Pelley’s interview on CNN in the clip above.

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