After CBS fired "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager on Wednesday, Fager claimed that he'd been ousted for sending a "harsh" text to a CBS reporter who was covering the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
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.
The network news president, David Rhodes, said Fager's firing was "not directly related" to the allegations against him, but because he violated company policy.
Fager's departure comes three days after it was announced that CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves was leaving the company amid sexual misconduct allegations.
An outside law firm has been investigating Fager following reports in the New Yorker that he groped women in parties and protected men accused of misconduct. Late a year ago, former "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose was sacked after more than 2 dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.
It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.
Mr Fager himself denies harassment, and told reporters he had been fired over a "harsh" text he sent to a colleague.
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Fager did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
'Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately, ' read a memo sent to CBS staff on Wednesday afternoon.
Fager was let go Wednesday amid growing pressure from sexual harassment allegations from multiple women as reporter by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker.
"My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it", Fager said in the statement to CNN. "It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight", she tweeted.
He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.
She told Farrow the famed news magazine has a "boy's club" culture and female staffers referred to avoiding the "Fager arm" at work functions.
But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door. Farrow corroborated Johansen's story with a male producer on the show. "Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement".