Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of "60 Minutes" who was sacked on Wednesday, sent a text message to CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan with a warning over the network's coverage of the sexual harassment accusations against him.
Jeff Fager of the show "60 Minutes Sports" speaks on stage during the Showtime panel presentation of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2013.
CBS News reported Wednesday that correspondent Jericka Duncan reached out to Fager on Sunday seeking his response to allegations made in a New Yorker story published earlier that day detailing allegations of him touching CBS employees inappropriately.
Fager's departure comes just days after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves was ousted from the company amid at least a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct, also reported in The New Yorker.
An outside law firm has been investigating Fager following reports in the New Yorker that he groped women in parties and protected men accused of misconduct.
Rhodes said Fager violated company policy but did not specify the policy.
Fager also released a statement, claiming that the company's decision was not related to the "false allegations" against him, and instead saying that his termination was due to a text message he sent to a female employee about covering the story in which "my language was harsh".
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Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused him of inappropriate touching.
'Since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it, ' she told viewers.
Fager and Rhodes had worked for several years as a team, when Fager was appointed CBS News chairman by Moonves. A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful".
Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.
Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".
It was shortly after outlets began to pick up the news of Fager's exit that he released a statement of his own, in light of CBS News' refusing to comment on his specific violation.
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