Fager's statement prompted Duncan to share the text on Wednesday's "CBS Evening News".
Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message. "Since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it".
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"Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story", Fager said.
Asked on "CBS This Morning" whether she felt threatened by the message, Duncan said, "I did, and it's even hard to say that today".
He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.
The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete. In August, he denied the allegations, telling The New Yorker that his accusers were "using an important movement as a weapon", apparently referencing the "Me Too" movement.
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Longtime "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving CBS "effective immediately" after allegations of sexual harassment and groping.
At the end of Duncan's report, anchor Jeff Glor said to her, "That message was unacceptable".
It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'. He returned as full-time executive producer at "60 Minutes" in 2015, and this fall would have marked his 15th as chief of the news magazine program.
"60 Minutes" will enter its 51st season under the leadership of executive editor Bill Owens while the search for a new executive producer begins.
Think of all the people and institutions that winced, wailed and/or wilted under the accountability furnished by the celebrated newsmagazine "60 Minutes".
Meanwhile, Connecticut's Quinnipiac University, which presented Fager with its Fred Friendly journalism award earlier this year, said it has rescinded the honor.
In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.
Fager said in a separate statement that the allegations in the New Yorker are "false" and that the decision by CBS was unrelated.