CBS News Political Director Fired Amid Claims of "Inappropriate Behavior"
Longtime CBS employee Steve Chaggaris is out after allegations emerged in the past two weeks.
CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris has been fired after an investigation into allegations of "inappropriate behavior," a network spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. CNN first reported the news of Chaggaris' termination.
"In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated. As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately," the statement said.
CBS staffers were informed of Chaggaris' exit on Wednesday evening, according to CNN's report.
In November, CBS suspended CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose after multiple CBS employees alleged inappropriate behavior on the longtime host's part in a story in The Washington Post on Nov. 20. According to CNN's report, the network has since urged employees to report inappropriate behavior and harassment to human resources. CBS News has also itself reported on the Rose accusations following The Washington Post's story.
Chaggaris, who covered the Trump campaign and occasionally appeared on-air, first joined the network in 1999 as an associate producer in the political unit. He left CBS News in 2010 and returned in 2012, when he became executive Washington editor for CBSNews.com.