"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. "Be careful. 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".
Rhodes said Fager violated company policy but did not specify the policy.
CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan said she received Fager's message after she started to work on a story about him on Sunday, following the posting of a New Yorker story with fresh allegations that were denied by Fager.
CBS News reported the change, quoting the note as saying that Fager "is leaving the company" after having served as the executive editor of "60 Minutes" since 2008.
Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject.
Fager was named chairman of CBS News in 2011, overseeing the transition on "Evening News" between Dan Rather and Katie Couric.
Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused him of inappropriate touching.
"I am that reporter", Duncan said on air. She also claims that Fager told her to apologize to the other producer to "mitigate conflict in the office".
"60 Minutes" is the most popular and powerful news broadcast on television, and Fager is only the second person to lead it during its 50 years of history.
"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 previous year. At least a dozen women came forward to accuse Moonves of sexual misconduct in a pair of New Yorker articles authored by Farrow.
He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.
"When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, 'Welcome to '60 Minutes.' You're one of us now", Johnasen told The New Yorker.