PBS announced Tuesday that it has dropped The Charlie Rose Show, a decision following reports of the longtime talk show host's harassment of women. "After reading that article in The Post it was deeply disturbing, troubling, and painful ... that said, I think we have to make this matter for women".
"What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so disgusting?" anchor Gayle King said at the opening of CBS This Morning, which she has hosted alongside Rose and Norah O'Donnell.
CBS, on which Rose has co-anchored CBS This Morning since 2012, has suspended the journalist pending an investigation.
Five other women who didn't want to identify themselves out of fear of Rose's power in the industry gave similar stories, including how he frequently gave unwanted shoulder rubs, touched them on the legs, and in one case groped the buttocks of a female. King asked. "How do you wrap your brain around that?"
Reah Bravo, a former associate producer with PBS, told The Washington Post: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim". PBS and Bloomberg, which also ran the PBS program and let Rose use studio space, all suspended him.
She said it has been hard for her to balance her friendship with the man against the allegations against him.
Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or in any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workspace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work.
Rose, King said, "doesn't get a pass, because I can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women. that and the pain that they're going through". Rose also conducts interviews for 60 Minutes. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.
King and O'Donnell both applauded the women who came forward. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken. PBS said it hasn't yet considered what will replace the show; the service is providing member stations reruns of programs like "This Old House" and "Finding Your Roots" to fill holes in their schedule this week.
"I really am still reeling".