CBS News and PBS Fire Charlie Rose After Sexual Harassment Allegations
PBS, which broadcast the Charlie Rose show, along with Bloomberg, also said it was terminating its relationship with Rose and canceling distribution of his programs.
Rose was a co-host on the morning show CBS This Morning and a correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine 60 Minutes.
“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” CBS News President David Rhodes said in an internal message that was shared with media. “This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.
Rose could not immediately be reached to comment on Tuesday, but on Monday apologized for his “inappropriate behavior.” Rose, 75, however, also questioned the accuracy of the allegations in the Washington Post.
“I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” he said Monday. “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,” he added, saying he had “come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, the Washington Post reported on Monday, the latest in a wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men in the entertainment and media industries and American politics.
The women, who were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the Charlie Rose show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011, told the newspaper he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, walked in the nude around them and groped their breasts, buttocks and genital areas.
Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the women.
CBS’s Rhodes said Tuesday that he was “deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized.”
After the report on Monday, PBS and Bloomberg suspended Rose’s signature interview show, distributed on both outlets, citing the allegations.
“In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his programs,” PBS said in a statement on Tuesday. “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe.”
Officials with Bloomberg could not immediately be reached to comment on Tuesday.
An acute listener, Rose employed an engaging yet serious style in contrast to the bitter partisan arguments, cross-talk and raised voices on cable television. True to the show’s sober tone, the set was simply a table and chairs with an all-black background.
His persona on CBS This Morning was a little more whimsical, given the lighter subject matter of morning news shows in the United States.