CBS News, PBS Fire Charlie Rose After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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November 21, 2017 12:50 PM

CBS News and PBS have both fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct.

The host of "CBS This Morning" had been suspended following Monday's Washington Post story about him that included allegations of groping female staffers and walking around naked in front of them.

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RELATED: CBS Suspends Rose, PBS Halts His Show Following Allegations

PBS also halted distribution of his nightly interview show.

Rose's co-hosts on "CBS This Morning" sharply condemned their suspended colleague Tuesday after the airing of sexual misconduct allegations.

"This has to end," said Norah O'Donnell.

The morning show — normally hosted by Rose, O'Donnell and Gayle King — was down to the two women and the accusations against their colleague was their lead story. 

King 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."

CBS News President David Rhodes sent the following statement to his colleagues Tuesday regarding the firing:

A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

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. We need to be such a place.

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

CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.

Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.

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. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work - that is what we can be known for.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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