Fager is leaving because he "violated company policy, and it is our commitment to uphold these policies at every level", CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement.
CBS Corp (CBS.N) Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves resigned on Sunday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment uncovered in two New Yorker stories in the past two months.
Fager has denied charges made by former CBS employees in the New Yorker magazine of personal misbehavior at parties and not disciplining people under him who had misconduct issues.
"Instead, they 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", he said.
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". He became executive producer at 60 Minutes in 2003.
"It's unfortunate", Kroft said, "and everything about this situation saddens me". But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door. 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.
Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused Fager of inappropriate touching.
Fager himself was a "60 Minutes" stalwart, having taken over the franchise in 2004 from series creator Don Hewitt.
It's a rough-and-tumble place populated by some of the best journalists in television, and they aren't shy about letting you know it.
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. He recently wrote a book to commemorate the broadcast's 50th anniversary. 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".
"Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement". The show debuts a new season on September 30.