PBS and CBS News have both terminated Charlie Rose, after originally suspending TV host following allegations of sexual harassment.
“In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs,” PBS said in a statement to ET. “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”
“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” said CBS News president David Rhodes in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behaviour said to have revolved around his PBS program.”
Rhodes added: “I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized—and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined.”
Rose’s “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell took time on Tuesday morning’s program to speak about Rose’s suspension and claims of harassment made by eight women against him in the Washington Post.
“Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behaviour. It is systematic and pervasive and I’ve been doing a lot of listening and I’m going to continue to do that,” O’Donnell said. “This I know is true. Women cannot achieve equality in the work place or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility.”
King appeared more visibly distressed about the situation. “I really am still reeling… Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ I am not okay.
“Charlie does not get a pass here.” King added. “He doesn’t get a pass from anyone in this room.”
On Monday, Rose was suspended from hosting duties on “CBS This Morning”, and both PBS and Bloomberg announced they would no longer broadcast or distribute the 75-year-old anchor’s talk show.