On Sunday, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow reported six new women's "claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them".
Earlier Wednesday, Fager issued a statement defending his actions and denying the accounts in Farrow's report.
The text message from Fager represents an attempt to pull rank and intimidate a reporter, something that surely happens to investigative reporters all the time at CBS News. The broadcast's offices are physically removed from the main CBS News office across 57th Street in Manhattan, and Rhodes held a tense meeting there with staff members on today about Fager's dismissal.
An executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in the late 1990s, Fager took over the same role at "60 Minutes" before becoming chairman of CBS News in 2011.
In the New Yorker report, Fager is accused of inappropriate touching and of tolerating an abusive culture. CBS News released a statement vaguely explaining why they parted ways with him after decades with 60 Minutes.
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"It is our commitment to uphold these policies at every level", CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement.
In the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations against her husband Les Moonves, Julie Chen has stayed mostly quiet. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.
Quinnipiac University has rescinded Fager's Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, which he received in June, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement".
The network also announced that it and Moonves would donate $20 million to organizations "that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace".
Bloodworth Thomason soon began to hear stories from colleagues about Moonves' mistreatment of women - including the time he "shoved his tongue" into the mouth of one "iconic" CBS detective-show star after telling her that she was too old to appear on his network. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012.
"We are going to stay in this meeting until midnight if we need to until we get an agreement that we stand 100 percent behind our CEO, and there will be no change in his status", the paper says board member William Cohen told the other directors.