Published Nov 21, 2017Charlie Rose is the latest media personality to be accused of sexual harassment, and it looks as if his employers are not waiting around to take action. Following yesterday's bombshell Washington Post piece that alleged sexual misconduct with eight women, Rose has been fired from CBS News.
Rose was a regular on CBS News' morning show alongside Gayle King. He was also a regular correspondent on 60 Minutes.
Earlier today (November 21), King and Norah O'Donnell discussed the Charlie Rose scandal on CBS This Morning. "What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so horrible?" King asked, adding, "That said, Charlie does not get a pass here.... He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room."
Rose's firing from CBS News follows the decision for PBS to stop distributing the veteran broadcaster's nightly news show. CBS confirmed Rose's firing with a lengthy statement, which you can read below.
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.
I've often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.
CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.
Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.
I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized—and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work – that is what we can be known for.