"Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement". On Sunday, CBS News correspondent Jericka 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", CBS reports.
CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves, 68, since he was accused of harassment in a New Yorker article in July - and fresh accusations from six more women appeared last week.
Despite allegations of misconduct first reported by The New Yorker, Rhodes said Wednesday's action was "not directly related to the allegations" that surfaced in those press reports, but rather because Fager, who has worked for CBS for more than 35 years, "violated company policy".
Rhodes said Fager violated company policy but did not specify the policy.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Fager put a fine point on his dismissal. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", Fager said.
Later on Wednesday, Duncan revealed she was the reporter in question that Fager sent the text to.
This is what he replied with, per Duncan: "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me, and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up, that will become a serious problem, '" Duncan said. He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30.
Nineteen women have come forward to detail what they claim was a hostile environment at 60 Minutes where harassment was condoned, with some detailing specific incidents involving Fager.
Sarah Johansen said that when she was an intern Fager allegedly groped her buttocks at a party, and she was later told this move was referred to as the 'Fager arm'.
Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately.
"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo a year ago.