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Fager, who has denied the claims of harassment, released a statement confirming he was sacked because "I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters" over her coverage of newer allegations against him that The New Yorker published Sunday.

CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday that Fager was sacked for violating company policy.

Rhodes said Fager's ouster was "not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

Fager's statement prompted Duncan to share the text on Wednesday's "CBS Evening News".

Veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft called Fager's message to Duncan threatening and inappropriate. "Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement".

CBS News president David Rhodes announced Fager's exit in a note to staff Wednesday.

'The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker, ' said Fager.

Sarah Johansen said that when she was an intern Fager allegedly groped her buttocks at a party, and she was later told this move was referred to as the 'Fager arm'.

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Fager said in a statement that he was sacked because of the text message.

Less than a week after her husband Leslie Moonves was ousted from his position as CEO and chairman of CBS, Chen was back on the network to oversee the latest live episode of the reality competition series.

Fager, who denied the claims, told Duncan to "be careful" in a text message.

On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter released a scathing article by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, creator of the '80s and early '90s CBS sitcom favorite Designing Women.

After 15 years as chairman and CEO at the Eye network, Moonves was sacked on Sunday following serious sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

In a statement, Fager said the termination "had nothing to do with" the New Yorker article, saying instead that it was because he sent a text message to a CBS reporter using "harsh language". The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968.

Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves. CEO Leslie Moonves on Sunday.

Rumors have been rampant about Julie Chen's future at CBS in the aftermath of Mooves' departure from the network. "I know nothing about the man other than he's Julie's husband and he was the head of the biggest network in the world and the most powerful man in TV". He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012. Also one day since Chen and Moonves may have seen that report that board members have privately said it is all but certain the company will pay Moonves none of that $120M exit package.


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