But Rhodes said in his memo that "this action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".
In the texts, which were sent after Duncan went for comment, Hager wrote: 'If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be held responsible for harming me'. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes.
Bloodworth Thomason doesn't mention the incident or the actress again, but the claim reinforces the sexual misconduct allegations Moonves is now facing and the pattern of behavior suggested in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker pieces.
After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat.
Amid the news, Fager issued a statement to Fox News that said the move "had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker".
Also in that New Yorker package: An on-the-record account from a former CBS intern who alleged that Fager had groped her buttocks at a work party in the late 2000s.
He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".
When the New Yorker first reported that six women were accusing Moonves of harassment or assault in July, several directors bought his pleas that the claims in the story were "grossly overstated" or lies, according to the paper.
Bill Owens will manage the "60 Minutes" team until a new executive producer is hired.
A representative for Fager said he had no further comment on Wednesday night.
Bloodworth Thomason soon began to hear stories from colleagues about Moonves' mistreatment of women - including the time he "shoved his tongue" into the mouth of one "iconic" CBS detective-show star after telling her that she was too old to appear on his network. Bloodworth-Thomason later began to hear from female CBS employees about Moonves' misogynist behavior. In the end, she questioned why Moonves wouldn't just tell her that he had no intention of ever putting one of her shows on his network instead of just keeping her "hopping and hoping". In November, the company fired longtime TV personality Charlie Rose over allegations of harassment.