Here's The Text Message That Got '60 Minutes' Boss Fired

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He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30.

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

"The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker", the statement reads. But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door. At least a dozen women came forward to accuse Moonves of sexual misconduct in a pair of New Yorker articles authored by Farrow.

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. Fager declined to comment to the magazine.

Fager and Rhodes had worked for several years as a team, when Fager was appointed CBS News chairman by Moonves.

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Rhodes' action against Fager also exacerbated the longstanding tensions between "60 Minutes" and the rest of the news division.

"My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it", he said.

CBS said in an internal memo that, although the allegations are not directly related to Fager's termination, the company is still conducting an independent investigation into the matter.

Asked by King whether she interpreted Fager's text as a threat, Duncan said, "I did, and it's even hard to say that today".

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.

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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".

In a new story on Sunday, Farrow cited a former intern who said that Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as "sexist" and a "boy's club". Jericka Duncan, a CBS News correspondent, checked in with Fager about the claims against him.

He ended, "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did". They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

"This is a very hard story for us to cover and certainly for you", King told Duncan on CBS This Morning today.

Duncan reported on the situation with Fager on Wednesday's edition of "CBS Evening News". His departure comes two days after CBS announced that CEO Leslie Moonves would step down following allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

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