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Well, that didn’t take long.
Less than a day after a report in The Washington Post outlined various ways in which Charlie Rose allegedly harassed eight different women, the veteran journalist has been fired by CBS.
Rose had been suspended by both CBS and PBS immediately after the aforementioned allegations were made public.
These allegations were leveled by victims who claimed, among other explicit behavior, that Rose:
- Walked around naked in front of them.
- Grabbed their buttocks at staff parties.
- Ran his hand up their thigh.
- Placed inappropriate phone calls.
In response, CBS News President David Rhodes now confirms the following:
“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.”
Rhodes went on to say he was “deeply disappointed and angry” about the situation, adding:
“Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a sage, professional workplace – a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work.
“We need such a place.”
You can read the full firing statement below:
Rose issued his own statement in reply to The Washington Post bombshell.
It only denied a small part (and nothing specific) of what the women accused him off, saying in further detail:
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
“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.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
“All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Rose, 75, was the host of his own interview show on PBS at the time of these allegations.
He was also the co-host of CBS This Morning.
His fellow co-hosts, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, made heartfelt speeches at the outset of today’s program, addressing the awkward circumstances.
As you can see below, both seem legitimately affected by what has transpired with their colleague and friend:
“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 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.
I am really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here, especially on this show — all of you here.
This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.
Very well said.
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Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell have sat alongside Charlie Rose for the past five years on CBS This Morning.
But the co-hosts greeted viewers today as a duo, as opposed to a threesome, as a result of Rose being suspended by network executives in light of a disturbing sexual harassment scandal.
According to The Washington Post, eight women have come forward and accused Rose of various inappropriate actions; from walking around naked in front of them to grabbing their buttocks and thighs.
Unprompted, of course.
It's hard to believe the 75-year old will ever be on the small screen again.
In response to the scandal surrounding their colleague, King and O'Donnell delivered heartfelt speeches in support of Rose’s alleged victims, making it evident they won't tolerate that sort of behavior moving forward.
"It takes a lot of courage for these women to come forward and I think that they should continue to do so,” O’Donnell said at the outset of the program.
“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 and I’m going to continue to do that."
Clearly torn over a friend being accused of such heinous behavior, O'Donnell made her stance on the situation very clear:
"This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong.”
King was no less harsh in her assessment of Rose.
"I am not okay," she told viewers.
"After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.”
Rose is merely the latest Hollywood male to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
More and more alleged victims are feeling empowered to speak out in the wake of Harvey Weinstein being accused of assault and harassment.
“I think that we have to make this matter to woman — the woman that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they are afraid, I’m hoping that now they will take the step to speak up too and that this becomes a moment of truth,” King continued.
Emphasizing that Rose "does not get a pass" of any kind, King added:
"I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the last 5 years. I’ve held him in such high regard.
"What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? How do you wrap your brain around that?
"I’m really grappling with that."
Watch the emotional speeches by King and O'Donnell below:
2:56 PM PT — CBS News has suspended Rose and PBS will halt production and distribution of his show. Charlie Rose — one of the most famous journalists in the country — has just been accused of sexual harassment … and he’s apologizing for the…
The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.
The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The accusations have been made by eight different women.
In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.
There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls… expose his genitalia… and grope the women without their permission.
Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.
Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.
“He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
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 reported encounters.
Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to the Washington Post, adding:
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He continued as follows:
It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
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.
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.
Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.
Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.
Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.
We salute these victims for coming forward.
One of the biggest fears that kept so many people silent about their experiences before the Harvey Weinstein rape accusations and the numerous outings that have followed was the fear of reprisal.
Well, Rose McGowan spoke up. In fact, she’s been one of the most prominent voices in the efforts to expose and cast out harassers and abusers in the entertainment industry.
And now she’s been arrested … for drug charges that date back to the beginning of 2017.
If you’d told us years ago that Rose McGowan was going to be at the forefront of a chorus of brave voices calling for a shift in the culture that makes women afraid to be alone with their male coworkers …
Actually, we’d have believed you.
It was in 2016 that Rose McGowen revealed that she’d been raped by a Hollywood executive.
We didn’t know by whom, at the time, though rumors have surrounded a number of powerful men in Hollywood for years and even decades.
Almost exactly one year after she revealed her sexual assault, Rose McGowan named Harvey Weinstein as her rapist.
She was, at that point, adding her voice to others — who had accused Weinstein of grotesque harassment as well as sexual assault.
But we still cannot imagine the kind of bravery that she needed to muster in order to speak up.
It appears that Rose McGowan’s outspokenness may have come back to bite her.
We don’t know if this is some sort of reprisal or just a very unfortunate and unjust coincidence.
Just at the end of October, we learned that a warrant for Rose McGowan’s arrest had been issued.
The warrant was issued in Virginia.
See, Rose McGowan apparently behind a bag on a plane.
(Never do that, folks — you might lose it, and someone might also assume that it’s a bomb and start a panic)
Allegedly, tests showed that there were traces of an illicit substance — cocaine — on the bag.
We’re talking about traces, here, so aside from the fact that every adult has the natural right to put whatever they want to in their bodies, this sounds like pretty thin evidence.
Also, “trace evidence” of drugs is notorious for producing false positives. Most people just don’t have the resources to fight a charge and they cop a plea.
The warrant for her arrest was obtained on February 1st, but apparently nobody bothered to tell Rose McGowan until late October.
Maybe they saw her name in the news and somebody got excited at the idea of arresting a celebrity. But some, Rose included, have wondered if there might have been something more serious at work.
“Are they trying to silence me? There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia,” Rose tweeted. “What a load of HORSES–T!”
But, as ridiculous as the whole situation sounds, Rose McGowan traveled to Virginia and turned herself in.
She was booked, briefly, before being released on $ 5,000 bond.
This is Rose McGowan’s first arrest. She has a reputation for “making trouble,” but that’s only because she calls out people and has zero chill about it.
Is this suddenly revived warrant revenge or an attempt to silence her and others? If so, it’s not working. Women are still coming forward every day.
But with the timing of everything, we can understand why Rose and many of her fans would have their suspicions.
The whole scenario is very weird.
Rose McGowan turned herself into cops in Virginia where she was arrested for an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine. Back in January, cops say they found a few small bags of cocaine in a wallet McGowan had left behind at the airport. A…