During the early morning show, King and O'Donnell addressed the allegations against Rose, condemning their colleague's behaviour.
King grappled with her own complicated feelings on the air, saying, "What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so horrible?"
She continued, "That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room."
And although she admitted that the allegations paint a portrait of a version of Rose that she had never personally encountered, she maintained that, "I'm also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and damaged by this."
O'Donnell, meanwhile, related her co-worker's behaviour to the wider issue of harassment and assault in society at large, urging the importance of accountability and equality in the workplace.
"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women," O'Donnell said. "Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behaviour."
Included among the accusations against Rose are alleged incidents in which he groped women's breasts, buttocks or genitals, walked around naked in front of them, and made lewd phone calls to them.
"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behaviour," Rose said in a statement responding to the allegations. "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."
In addition to his ongoing suspension at CBS, PBS has also stopped the distribution of his nightly interview show Charlie Rose.
Watch clips from today's episode of CBS This Morning below.
We begin this morning with news affecting all of us at this broadcast and this network. @CBSNews has suspended our co-host @CharlieRose over allegations of sexual misconduct. https://t.co/XAuPjnxSzW pic.twitter.com/zyoJ4zZgEP— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
The Washington Post published claims from 8 women, who all worked or wanted to work for Charlie Rose's PBS program. They describe Rose making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990's through 2011. https://t.co/XAuPjnxSzW pic.twitter.com/TMCoW2fkuC— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening." -- @NorahODonnell pic.twitter.com/9P69QN7spu— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
"I really am reeling. I got 1 hour & 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read." - @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/EQoEBHFkUr— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
"We are going to continue to do our reporting on this story and other allegations that have come forward." -- @NorahODonnell— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
"None of us ever thought that we'd be sitting at this table in particular telling this story, but here we are" -- @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/KJUu0HqTyF