Charlie Rose, following a report from the Washington Post that he allegedly sexually harassed eight women, has been fired by CBS. He is also currently suspended by PBS and Bloomberg.
CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement, “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.”
This is the latest in a long string of powerful men being taken down by the alleged past actions regarding sexual misconduct.
Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts “CBS This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
Veteran TV news anchor Charlie Rose has been fired from CBS News a day after reports emerged that he sexually harassed numerous women since the 1990s.
CBS News President David Rhodes emailed staff Tuesday that Rose was let go over the “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” reported at his interview show.
According to the Associated Press, Rose has been terminated from the network after eight different women came forward and accused Rose of sexual harassment and assault, including walking around naked in front of them, lewd phone calls, and inappropriate touching.
CBS initially suspended Rose when the news broke.
Rose soon released a statement in which he said he takes responsibility for his actions, though he felt these feelings were shared between him and the women he was pursuing.