CBS has fired Charlie Rose less than 24 hours after The Washington Post published an exposé detailing an alleged pattern of sexual harassment and assault going back to at least the 1990s. Rose, 75, was an anchor of the network’s flagship news program, “CBS This Morning,” as well as a contributor to its long-running magazine-format show “60 Minutes.”
In a memo to staff, CBS News President David Rhodes wrote, “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.”
Rhodes continued, “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.”
He added: “CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standard of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.”
Rose, who has worked for the network at various times in his long career, began his most recent stint as the host of “This Morning” in 2012. He has worked at CBS’ “60 Minutes” franchise since 1999.
As well, Variety has reported that PBS will no longer be broadcasting Rose’s self-produced chat show, “Charlie Rose.” A statement from the broadcaster reads, “In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs.” It adds, “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”