Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.
On Sunday, Duncan reached out to Fager for his response to allegations in The New Yorker that he had groped or touched CBS employees at company parties.
Rhodes did not specify which policy Fager had violated, but Fager told CNN that CBS "terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story".
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Earlier Wednesday, CBS News president David Rhodes announced in a memo to staffers that Fager would be "leaving the company effective immediately," adding that the decision was "not directly related" to sexual misconduct allegations against him published by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.
CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke out Wednesday night about a text message exchange she had with "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager over the weekend that pushed Fager out of the company.
"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor told Duncan that the text was "unacceptable" and that the team at "Evening News" supported her "100 percent".
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"I am that reporter", Duncan said on air.
Fager faced accusations in a July report in The New Yorker about unwanted touching by employees, but he has denied those accusations. He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it". The announcement comes just days after news that CEO Leslie Moonves was leaving amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. She said Fager groped her at a work party. "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl.
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. Late past year, former "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose was sacked after more than 2 dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.
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He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did". Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".