CBS News today fired TV veteran Charlie Rose, one day after allegations of sexual misconduct by Rose surfaced in a Washington Post story and hours after the scandal surrounding Rose was covered in a report early today on “CBS This Morning.”
In a letter to staffers, CBS News boss David Rhodes said: “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.”
The letter adds: “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.”
CBS initially placed Rose, 75, on suspension while it examined the allegations, as we reported Monday. The Washington Post reported that eight women accused Rose of improprieties such as lewd phone calls, walking around naked in front of them and unwanted groping.
The allegations came from employees or women who aspired to work for Rose on his PBS interview show “Charlie Rose.”
CBS’s termination of Rose ends his five-year run with the network, which included co-hosting “CBS This Morning” and working as a correspondent on “60 Minutes.”