UPDATED 11/21/17, 2:30 p.m. ET: CBS News has fired Charlie Rose following the allegations of sexual assault. A memo sent to employees and shared by a New York Times reporter condemns the 75-year-old This Morning co-anchor's “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.”
Additionally, PBS has canceled its Charlie Rose series, running since 1991, writing:
“In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”
Bloomberg, which provided Rose’s studio space, will discontinue its agreement to air reruns.
See below for original story published on 11/20/17:
On Monday afternoon, interviewer and CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose found himself in the unenviable position of being the most recent public figure to be accused of sexual harassment, as eight women brought forth details of their alleged encounters with the 75-year-old TV host to The Washington Post.
While the Post's report has too many details to realistically aggregate (which is why you should make your way to the exposé itself), this excerpt sums it up as well as any:
Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the Charlie Rose show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS, also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents. Three of the eight spoke on the record.
The Post also reports that Rose released a statement in response, where he said:
"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. 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 come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."
CBS quickly suspended Rose, as did PBS and Bloomberg Television, which work together on Charlie Rose. PBS notes that it "does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect. "
You can read the original report in (far) greater detail over at The Washington Post's website.