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

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News on today fired "60 Minutes" top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace.

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me", Fager allegedly wrote in the text, according to Duncan.

"On the day I officially parted company with CBS, the same day Mr. Moonves said he would only pay a tiny fraction of the penalties, my incredulous agent asked what he should tell me".

Moonves, the longtime head of CBS, stepped down Sunday night following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat.

Yesterday, Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason published a scathing op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter accusing ex-CBS president Les Moonves of destroying her career.

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. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

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Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.

In a statement, Moonves said, "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".

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. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims?

Jeff Fager of the show "60 Minutes Sports" speaks on stage during the Showtime panel presentation of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2013. Bloodworth-Thomason later began to hear from female CBS employees about Moonves' misogynist behavior. It was then decided that the former CEO's evasiveness meant he could be terminated with cause, and in the end Moonves left the network without a dime.

Sources at CBS News said there was a consensus that the network couldn't take action in the Fager case until the Moonves case was settled.

Incidentally, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is now developing a Designing Women reboot, but this time she won't have to worry about Les Moonves blocking it no matter what network she pitches it to.

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