NEW YORK, November 22, 2017 – Amid allegations of sexual harassment, CBS, PBS have decided to cut ties with famed TV interviewer Charlie Rose, as the entertainment and media sexual harrassment scandals in these industries continue to mount.
Monday, the Washington Post published a story alleging sexual harassment by Rose, based on interviews the paper conducted with eight women who made the allegations. All eight had either worked for Rose or interviewed for jobs with the “Charlie Rose Show” between 1990 and 2011.
Tuesday afternoon, CBS announced it had fired Rose, who had cohosted the network’s morning show “CBS This Morning” for five years. He was also a contributing correspondent for the long-running CBS tabloid news show, “60 Minutes.”
CBS News President David Rhodes sent out a staff memo, pointing out that Rose’s behavior was intolerable and disturbing, and further noting:
“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.”
Following the Post story, three additional women came forward and told Business Insider of their experiences with Charlie Rose in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Two of Rose’s female CBS cohosts expressed their shock and dismay during a broadcast following this breaking story.
“CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell later released a statement declaring:
“There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. “It is systematic and pervasive, and I’ve been doing a lot of listening, and I’m going to continue to do that. This I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility.”
For his part, Rose apologized for inappropriate behavior, via a Monday tweet, claiming in a cautiously worded statement,
“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.”
CBS has not named a replacement for Rose.
PBS, which also announced they have terminated ties with Rose and canceling his long-running, in-depth interview program, “The Charlie Rose Show,” which began on that network in 1991.
Charlie Rose is only the latest liberal media/entertainment personality to face allegations of sexual harassment in recent weeks. The current cascade of allegations was launched when accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein began to surface.