Shortly after CBS This Morning’s Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell addressed the absence of suspended co-anchor Charlie Rose on Tuesday’s show – “This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment of where we stand and, more generally, the safety of women,” said O’Donnell – CBS fired Rose. In a letter, CBS News president David Rhodes called revelations about Rose’s behavior on his PBS program “extremely disturbing and intolerable,” adding, “CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires managing basic standards of behavior.” On Monday, CBS said it was investigating allegations of lewd behavior and sexual harassment against the 75-year-old journalist.
PBS also terminated its relationship with Rose, cancelling distribution of interview show Charlie Rose, which debuted in 1991. “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect,” said PBS.