- CBS News fired the prominent journalist and TV host Charlie Rose a day after several women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances.
- The network called the allegations against Rose “extremely disturbing and intolerable” and said “there is absolutely nothing more important … than ensuring a safe, professional workplace.
CBS News fired the prominent journalist and TV host Charlie Rose a day after several women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances, including groping, explicit phone calls, and displays of nudity.
Eight women who either worked for Rose or interviewed for positions at the “Charlie Rose” show told The Washington Post that he engaged in lewd and inappropriate behavior between the late 1990s and 2011.
CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg all suspended Rose after the publication of The Post’s report.
On Tuesday afternoon, CBS announced it had fired Rose, who had been a cohost of the network’s morning show, “CBS This Morning,” for five years. In an internal memo sent to staffers, CBS News President David Rhodes called the allegations against Rose “extremely disturbing and intolerable.”
“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,” Rhodes said. “We need to be such a place.”
Three other women also told Business Insider of their experiences while interning for Rose, or seeking to work for him, in 2005, 2008, and 2010. One said Rose touched her legs inappropriately as he was dropping her off at a dormitory in New York City and then on a separate occasion when she sought career advice invited her to his hotel room late in the evening.
Another says he invited her to dinner to discuss career opportunities, had her meet him at his townhouse, and greeted her at the door in a bathrobe and invited her into his home.
A third woman also says Rose greeted her at the door in a bathrobe and invited her in while she was delivering research to his apartment as an intern. She said she declined.
Rose’s CBS cohosts expressed shock and dismay at the allegations, which they discussed during Tuesday’s show.
“There is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” Norah O’Donnell said. “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.”
Gayle King said she had gotten less than two hours of sleep the night before.
“We are all rocked by this,” King said. “I want to echo what Norah said. I really applaud the women that speak up despite the friendship. He doesn’t get a pass, because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe to even their careers.”
Rose apologized in a statement to The Post for what he called “inappropriate behavior” but said he believed his sexual encounters were consensual.
“I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed,” Rose said. “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.”