Broadcast journalist Charlie Rose is set to undergo heart surgery and will be off the air for a couple of weeks to rest, he announced Wednesday.
The Charlie Rose Show host and CBS This Morning co-anchor said he is having an operation done Thursday to swap out his replacement aorta valve with a new one. The first replacement was put in nearly 15 years ago, Rose said in a statement, which was posted on CBS News.
“It has served me well, enabling me to live the vigorous, full, complete life you are all so familiar with. No one loves life more than I do,” the statement said. “To continue to live this amazing life so full of challenges and friends, including so many of you in the audience, I have chosen to replace the valve with a new one. The timing is my choice.”
Rose said he expects to return to TV in March. “I can’t wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life’s pleasures high,” he said. “Until then, stay close.”