- Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, according to a report in The Washington Post published on Monday.
- “CBS This Morning” co-hosts, who worked with Rose on the show, addressed the accusations on the Tuesday morning show.
- Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell both felt deeply affected by the news, and were grappling with it, they said.
- O’Donnell said, “This has to end.”
On Monday, The Washington Post reported on allegations of sexual misconduct against news anchor Charlie Rose made by eight women (Business Insider followed up with stories from three additional women). The accusations ranged from nudity, to inappropriate phone calls, to groping.
On Tuesday, co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who usually co-host “CBS This Morning” with Rose, addressed the accusations during the show, and both women said the news had affected them “deeply.”
“This I know is true,” O’Donnell said. “Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. I’m really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here, especially on this show. All of you here. This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.”
King added that she had known Rose since they started working together on the show in 2012, and she did not know him as a man who sexually harassed or assaulted women.
“I’ve held him in such high regard,” King said. “And I’m really struggling, because how do you . . . what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? How do you wrap your brain around that? I’m really grappling with that.”
King also said that Rose should not get a pass. “We are all deeply affected,” she said. “We are all rocked by this.” But, King said, they will continue to report the news as they always have.
Neither King nor O’Donnell had spoken to Rose since the accusations were published yesterday, they said, but King said that she intended to speak to him later on Tuesday.
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