Charlie Rose's Co-Anchors 'Reeling' Over Harassment Allegations as Newsman Is Fired From CBS, PBS
Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell spoke out against Rose as his chair was left empty at the "CBS This Morning" desk.
The two anchorwomen who work side-by-side with Charlie Rose every day expressed their anger and grief as they appeared without him on the CBS This Morning desk on Tuesday.
“What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible?” co-host Gayle King said.
“This has to end!" a passionate Norah O’Donnell added. "This behavior is wrong, period!”
Rose was officially fired by CBS after a Washington Post expose quoting 8 women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
There was an empty space at the CBS This Morning anchor desk where he usually sits.
Gayle King said she had a sleepless night after the allegations were published in The Washington Post.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes sleep last night. Both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘are you ok?’ I am not ok,” King added.
Norah O’Donnell expressed outrage.
“Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior!” she said.
A freelance photographer found the 75-year-old TV icon entering a swank New York hotel, where he was asked, "Do you have anything to say to those accusers, accusing you of wrongdoings?”
“It's not wrongdoings,” Rose replied.
Kyle Godfrey Ryan was 21 years old when she started working as an intern at Rose's production company.
She told The Washington Post she was working at his house on Long Island when to her shock he emerged from the shower and walked aroun naked in front of her.
She says Rose also called her on the phone, “describing sex fantasies.”
The report also included claims of groping and other unwanted sexual come-ons.
A former Rose assistant, Megan Creydt, says she was in a car with him when "he put his hand on my mid-thigh."
After that, she said, "I tried not to get in a car with him ever again."
None of Rose's accusers worked at CBS or PBS. And while CBS claims it has received no records of women complaining about Rose's actions, "our credibility in... reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior."
Rose has also issued an apology to the women.
"I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," he said in a statement. "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. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
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