Charlie Rose’s “CBS This Morning” co-hosts rebuked the veteran TV news anchor for his alleged sexual harassment of at least eight women since the 1990s.
“There is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” a choked-up Norah O’Donnell said in the opening segment of the morning news show. “This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong.”
Her remarks came after the show ran a regular news segment on the multiple reports that the 75-year-old news man exposed himself and made lewd calls to women who worked for his popular “Charlie Rose” show.
PBS and Bloomberg broadcast the show, but it’s owned by the anchor’s “Charlie Rose, Inc.” Both networks, along with CBS News, suspended Rose.
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News of the harassment — going as far back as the 1990s — rattled Rose’s co-hosts.
“I am not okay,” his co-host Gayle King said, adding she slept less than two hours Monday night after the Washington Post reported eight women accusing him of harassment. “It was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.”
King said her children and longtime pal Oprah Winfrey called to see how she was dealing with the news.
It’s been difficult, she said, to balance her friendship with her fellow anchor against the weighted allegations.
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“That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. We are all deeply affected,” King said. “He doesn’t get a pass because I cannot stop thinking about the anguish of these women.”
Neither O’Donnell nor King, who have co-hosted the show with Rose since 2012, have spoken to him since the allegations.
“I intend to speak to him certainly later today,” King said.
They instead applauded the courage of his accusers for speaking up about his actions.
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Rose, in a statement after the Washington Post story ran, issued an apology for any woman who was upset by him.
He questioned the accuracy of some accounts, saying he was “pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
Along with the eight women who spoke to the Washington Post, three additional women who interned for his show accused him of sexually harassing them.
One woman told Business Insider he grabbed her leg, while two more detailed how Rose welcomed them at this home wearing his bathrobe.
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