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CBS News, PBS cut ties to Charlie Rose after sex allegations

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 21, 2017 at 10:37 a.m. Updated November 21, 2017 at 2:09 p.m.

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Charlie Rose participates in the "CBS This Morning" panel at the CBS 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif.

NEW YORK — CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.

Both organizations stressed the importance of providing a safe, professional workplace.

Rose joins a lengthening list of media figures who have lost jobs because of workplace behavior, including Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Fox host Bill O'Reilly, NBC News political reporter Mark Halperin and National Public Radio news chief Michael Oreskes. The reckoning has come to entertainment, too, led by the assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The actions by CBS and PBS came after both institutions suspended Rose on Monday night.

"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," CBS News President David Rhodes said in a memo to staff Tuesday. "We need to be such a place."

Rhodes said it was important to maintaining credibility in reporting allegations involving media figures elsewhere that CBS manage basic standards of behavior at its own shop. Rose hosted CBS This Morning each weekday and was a contributor to 60 Minutes.

Rose had no immediate reaction to his firing. In a statement late Monday, he apologized for his actions and said he was "deeply embarrassed."

Several women have accused Rose of touching them on the breasts, buttocks or thigh, emerging naked from a shower when they were working at his residence and, in one case, calling a 21-year-old staff member to tell his fantasies of seeing her swim in the nude. A former associate producer for Rose's PBS show, Reah Bravo, told the Washington Post: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim."

CBS said it wasn't aware of any complaints about Rose's behavior at its own organization. It wasn't until the Post story that PBS said it knew about Rose's actions.

PBS didn't technically fire Rose, since the 75-year-old newsman owns the company that produces his show. Since 1991, Rose has interviewed leading figures in politics, entertainment, business, the media and government at a depth not usually seen on television.

His show aired in 94 percent of the country. 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.

Rose's downfall hits CBS hard. Since its start in 2012, CBS This Morning has been a critical hit with a newsier format compared to better-known rivals at ABC and NBC. Until recently, CBS has rarely been competitive in the lucrative morning show competition but the program has been on a ratings upswing, too.

In a broadcast Tuesday, Rose's co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell worked without a substitute and sharply took their former colleague to task. The story about Rose led the show. In the 90-second "eye-opener" segment that collected clips of the day's news, two pundits were quoted speculating the charges would end Rose's career. "He's toast," said one off-screen voice.

"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women," O'Donnell said. "Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior."

King said she had gotten less than two hours of sleep since the story broke, and her buddy Oprah Winfrey even called to check in on her. She said she considered Rose a friend and held him in high regard, but was struggling because "what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so horrible?

"How do you wrap your brain around that?" she said. "I'm really grappling with that. That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room."

She said that while the story described a Rose she did not know, "I'm also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and damaged by this." O'Donnell also said that women cannot achieve equality in the workplace until men take responsibility for their behavior. Rhodes' note, too, illustrated the rapidly changing workplace environment.

"I've often heard that things used to be different," the news division president said. "And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable."

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gagewatcher says... November 21, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

again, what are men teaching their sons ?

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wildblueyonder says... November 21, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

The libs are avoiding this story like the plague.

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GCW says... November 21, 2017 at 5:19 p.m.

I thought it was interesting last night that AETN ran a David Letterman salute that featured Al Franken. I also receive Louisiana Public TV and they ran a salute to Jay Leno at the same time. Normally they run the same prime time programming. What gives AETN?

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DEE672 says... November 21, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.

All these men , even Charlie Rose, exposing their uglies to defenseless women/girls and children. What possible reward do they expect that is worth the loss of their good name, their reputations, their families' embarrassment that would compel them to behave this way. Does the belittling, contempt and disrespect for their victims make them feel that great? I am befuddled entirely.

Can you explain it or find a man who can explain it ???

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ARMNAR says... November 21, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.

What he did was disgusting. But he'd be perfect for FOX; they love molesters and abusers and pay them handsomely.

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drs01 says... November 21, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.

DEE672 - It's what resulted in Bill Clinton's downfall in the eyes of all of us except those who are too blind or stupid to see it ------power, fame and fortune caused Bill and men like him to think with the wrong head. They develop a "superman complex" and believe they can't be harmed.

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1961Feegis says... November 21, 2017 at 7:20 p.m.

Back when I was a kid, before there was 24 hour TV, before the TV stations went on the air in the morning and after they concluded their broadcast day, they played the National Anthem then switched to a camera mounted on a swivel that panned back and forth showing a clock, a thermometer, a barometer and one other measurement piece. If all the politicians and performers keep this up, that's all that will be left to watch. The good ole days.

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sjmays says... November 21, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.

You can watch The View.

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Packman says... November 21, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.

Hey DEE - I offered an explanation on another thread. Bottom line all men are pigs to some extent. It's just in our DNA to desire to get nekkid with an attractive woman. Show me a man who says they've never admired a strange woman's backside and I'll show you a damn liar. My guess is to these men it's more about power and intimidation than sex. I would bet they've always craved attention from women but it never came because they are physically unattractive, a$$holes, or both.

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ARMNAR says... November 21, 2017 at 9:26 p.m.

That would explain Trigger's problem.

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