'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager fired over policy violation

Jeff Fager

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan said she received Fager's message after she started to work on a story about him on Sunday, following the posting of a New Yorker story with fresh allegations that were denied by Fager.

If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me. Earlier this week, The New Yorker ran another story with a new claim from a producer who was an intern at CBS in the 2000s.

The Talk panel agreed that Fager's text to Duncan was "threatening", rather that merely "harsh", as Fager has described it. "Since Jeff Fager publically referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it", Duncan said.

"This was someone who held an enormous amount of power here, who I respected, and I was shocked", she said.

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CBS News President David Rhodes announced the departure on Wednesday.

Fager said in a statement today that "my language was harsh, and despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it".

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Fager was ousted from CBS yesterday amid claims of his misconduct and creation of a sexist working environment.

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He was then forced to submit to an interview with company investigators under threat of being fired, where he came clean that he was trying to get another accuser a gig at CBS after she threatened to go public, according to the paper.

On Sunday, Les Monves (right) resigned as CEO of CBS for a string of sexual misconduct allegations.

The long-time producer of the CBS News show 60 minutes, Jeff Fager, is leaving his job "immediately" amid claims that he sexually harassed colleagues.

Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Thomason - creator of one of CBS" biggest "80s and '90s sitcoms, "Designing Women" - claimed the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years. CBS News released a statement vaguely explaining why they parted ways with him after decades with 60 Minutes. CBS News said the company will begin a search for a new executive producer of the program.

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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. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level". Rose had been a co-anchor since 2012 on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent on "60 Minutes".

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