CBS News fires Charlie Rose after sex harassment allegations

Ruben Ruiz
November 23, 2017

CBS News has fired "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Charlie Rose attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in NY.

In a statement, PBS also announced it had ended its relationship with Rose, whose self-titled interview show began airing in 1991.

A spokesperson said PBS was shocked by the "deeply disturbing allegations".

Rose hasn't responded to CBS News' requests for comment. The other says he grabbed her inappropriately and whispered a sexual innuendo in her ear. Three women were on the record and five were anonymous.

Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the women.

Early Tuesday, "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King said she was "really grappling" with the accusations against the veteran newsman, calling them "horrible". King conceded his point: "I thought about that too".

"It still isn't easy, it's still very hurtful, it's still very painful", she said.

It came a day after reports surfaced on Rose's treatment of women who worked or wanted to work for his PBS show.

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"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior".

In his response, Rose said he was "greatly embarrassed" by the allegations, and considers himself "an advocate for the careers of the women" he's worked with. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that. He also apologised for anyone who felt harassed, believing he was acting on shared feelings.

He then praised King and the rest of the "CBS This Morning" team for covering the allegations against Rose "as news".

The five women who spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity did so over fears of Rose's stature in the media industry.

It was a Washington Post article that exposed the 75-year-old Rose after eight women came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct. She was in her early 20s at the time. "I'll tell you what I am is raw".

The women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to The Post.

A former intern says Charlie Rose made her watch an explicit sex scene from a movie when she dropped mail off at his home. PBS, CBS and Bloomberg told The Post they had no record of sexual harassment complaints against Rose. Rose owns his own production company, Charlie Rose Inc., and would presumably make the final decision about his employees.

The morning show - normally hosted by Rose, O'Donnell and Gayle King - was down to the two women and the accusations against their colleague was their lead story.

"How do you wrap your brain around that?" she said.

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