CBS News Fires Charlie Rose

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CBS News president David Rhodes issued a statement on Tuesday, noting Rose’s “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior.”

Charlie Rose has been terminated by CBS News, network president David Rhodes announced Tuesday. The decision comes just one day after a Washington Post report detailing a pattern of coercion and harassment of women who worked – or aspired to work – on Rose’s eponymous nighttime talk show.

On Monday Bloomberg and PBS, which distributed Rose’s show, announced that they would cease to do so. At CBS News, Rose was a longtime correspondent at 60 Minutes and in 2012 was the lynchpin along with Gayle King in the network’s revamped morning show, CBS This Morning. Norah O’Donnell joined the show shortly after its launch in January 2012; and the show has delivered its biggest morning audience to CBS News in 20 years.

In his statement on Tuesday, Rhodes said that despite Rose’s “important important journalistic contribution to CBS, “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.”

Rose, 75, is the latest in a string of powerful men in the entertainment and news industries to be outed as an alleged serial harasser. For CBS News executives there was little choice but to part ways with Rose.

Staffers at the network were in a state of shock over the disclosures, although Rose has been a target of multiple journalistic investigations in the wake of the bombshell disclosers about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

It’s unclear who CBS News will tap to replace Rose. The network recently announced that Jeff Glor, a veteran of the network and a frequent fill-in anchor on CBS This Morning, as the new permanent anchor of the CBS Evening News. He is set to begin in mid-December.

The Washington Post report detailed the accounts of eight women who worked for Rose between the late 1990s and 2011. The reporting showed a pattern of behavior that included “unwanted sexual advances…ncluding lewd phone calls, walking around naked… groping [women’s] breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”

Rose owned his program through his company Charlie Rose, Inc, and none of the women worked for PBS or Bloomberg, the show was based at Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters.

On Monday, Rose released a statement: “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 provided to The Post. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“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.”



  1. One wonders if Charlie had retired a few years back (or passed) if these allegations would have surfaced? Sometimes it doesn’t pay to stick around past your best-by date.

  2. You. might want to audio vault John Mcomb on Monday. Obviously JM is a fan of Charlie Rose and Im certain he almost blurted out “Charlie why did you (bit of a stammer) have to behave badly?
    It sounded very awkward


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