CBS fired talk-show host and news journalist Charlie Rose over sexual misconduct allegations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Rose has co-anchored “CBS This Morning” from 2012 to 2017.
PBS also announced that it no longer will distribute the nightly talk show, “Charlie Rose,” which Rose has hosted since 1991.
What did CBS say?
In note to staffers, obtained by the Times, CBS president David Rhodes said:
A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program. 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. We need to be such a place.
What’s the history here?
The Washington Post on Monday published the accounts of eight women who said they were victims of Rose’s sexual misconduct.
The Post reported that three of the eight women went on the record, who all had stories that ranged from inappropriate conversation to unwanted sexual advances and physical touching.
In a statement, Rose apologized for some of the accusations and acknowledged their validity, but noted that some accounts were inaccurate.
“In my 45 years in journalism,” Rose said, “I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he said.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events,” Rose concluded, “and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”