CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.
PBS and Bloomberg, which broadcast the "Charlie Rose" show, also said they were terminating their relationships with Rose and canceling distribution of his programs.
Rose was a co-host on the morning show "CBS This Morning" and a correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine "60 Minutes."
Charlie Rose participates in the “CBS This Morning” panel at the CBS 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, California, US, January 12, 2016. /AP Photo,
"A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately," CBS News President David Rhodes said in an internal message that was shared with media. This followed the revelation on Monday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.
A spokesman for Rose said the TV host would not comment further, pointing to Rose's Monday statement in which he apologized for his "inappropriate behavior." Rose, 75, however, also questioned the accuracy of the allegations in the Washington Post.
"I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," Rose said Monday. "I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate."
Eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, the Washington Post reported on Monday, the latest in a wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men in the entertainment and media industries and American politics.