Just a day after journalist and newscaster Charlie Rose was suspended or dismissed from multiple high-profile jobs following accusations of pervasive sexual misconduct, his CBS This Morning co-hosts had a strong message for anyone wondering how they would respond to the appalling behavior which eight different women said Rose subjected them to.
“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women,” Norah O’Donnell said, after a news package about Rose was aired. “There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I’ve been doing a lot of listening.” She added, “This I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility.”
O’Donnell’s staunch support for the women who have spoken out against the sexual misconduct by Rose and others was echoed by co-host Gayle King, who addressed Rose’s behavior directly.
I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years. 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. That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn’t get a pass from anyone in this room. We are all deeply affected and rocked by this. He doesn’t get a pass because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women. What happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe even to their careers.
Rose has been suspended by CBS News while an investigation into his behavior is conducted. His eponymous PBS show has also been pulled from the air.
Update, 12:30—On Thursday afternoon, CBS News announced that it had fired Charlie Rose.