Emmy and Peabody award winner Charlie Rose has been fired by CBS following sexual harassment allegations made against him. In a recent expose published by The Washington Post, eight women came forward with tales of harassment starting in the 1990s and going as recently as 2011. All of these women worked with Rose on The Charlie Rose Show, which has now been pulled off the air by PBS and Bloomberg. Here's what CBS News President David Rhodes had to say in a statement.
"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. Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, 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."
In addition to the eight women who initially came forward, more than a dozen others have approached The Washington Post to come forward with their stories as well. In addition, Charlie Rose took to Twitter to issue an apology, in which, he admitted to "inappropriate behavior." Here's what he had to say.
"In my 45 years of journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. 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. 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 to come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."
The accusations against Charlie Rose range from him "putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh," with one claiming that he "groped her breasts." There were also two reported incidents of Rose reportedly walking in front of women "after taking a shower." There was also an incident with a woman being considered for a job who was invited to Rose's home and was "crying the entire time" as "he reached down her pants."According to reporter Amy Brittain, who researched Rose's past behavior for The Washington Post piece, Rose got away with much of this behavior because he would require employees to visit his home.
"Some critics might say, well why were they in position, you know, to see him naked? But the thing about Charlie Rose is that he would commonly require his employees to come over to his private homes."
Charlie Rose is just the latest domino to fall in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Ever since his years of sexual misconduct came to light, many in Hollywood have been outed for their inappropriate behavior and there appears to be no end in sight. As for Rose, it's also noted that his show has no HR department, which allowed for this behavior to take place. Amy Brittain had this to say about it.
"He has such power over the show. He owns the show. There is no human resources department in the Charlie Rose show. Many of these women said that even if they wanted to file an official complaint, they wouldn't even know who to go to."
Charlie Rose was also a co-host of CBS This Morning, as well as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. CBS has yet to announce a replacement for Rose on either show. According to a report from CBS Yvette Vega, executive producer on The Charlie Rose show, didn't do anything about the incidents at the time and says, "I should have stood up for them... I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them." You can see Rose's full Twitter statement for yourself below.
My statement in full. pic.twitter.com/3kvFrqF2dT— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017