Gayle King, who was Charlie Rose’s co-host on “CBS This Morning” along with Norah O’Donnell until Rose was fired amid a flurry of allegations of sexual misconduct, talked about why she has remained friends with Rose in an interview with The New York Times.
Amy Chozick, author of the Times report, notes that King has said “emphatically” that she believes and supports the accusers of not only Rose but also ousted CBS boss Leslie Moonves.
“But Ms. King also believes that ‘you can hold two ideas in your head at the same time.’ That is, you can believe and empathize with the women, but also think that not all men accused of wrongdoing should be banished for life,” Chozick writes.
When King was asked whether redemption is possible for some of the men accused during the #MeToo movement, King replied: “Amy, murderers are walking around. People who kill people are walking around. They might not be able to get [their] jobs back, but surely there must be room for some redemption somewhere.”
King added: “I don’t know what the answer is to that, and it might be too soon. Maybe people don’t want to hear that.”
Commenting on Rose, King said: “I don’t know what his second act is, but Charlie is a very smart guy. Do I see him coming back to CBS? No.”
Adds Chozick: “She hasn’t been shy about the fact that she remains close with Mr. Rose.” She quotes King saying: “I know there are two sides to every story, that’s what I know.”