CBS This Morning co-anchors address disturbing allegations against Charlie Rose
The stars of the morning talk show are speaking out.
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell took time during CBS This Morning to comment on the recent allegations made against their co-host Charlie Rose. And it’s clear from their reactions that these women were not happy with Rose.
“It takes a lot of courage for these women to come forward and I think that they should continue to do so,” O’Donnell stated. “This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I’ve been doing a lot of listening and I’m going to continue to do that.”
“This I know is true, women can not achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility,” the 43-year-old went on. “I am really so proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredibly people here, especially on this show. All of you here. This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong.”
King also gave her two cents on the matter, admitting that she barely got any sleep after learning about Rose’s alleged inappropriate behavior. “I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night,” she told O’Donnell. “Both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.”
She continued, “I think that we have to make this matter to women — the women that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they are afraid, I’m hoping that now they will take the step to speak up too, that this becomes a moment of truth.”
The 62-year-old shared that she’d been “grappling” with the news, stating, “What happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened to maybe their careers — I can’t stop thinking about that and the pain they’re going through.”
Addressing Rose’s alleged actions, King said, “Charlie does not get a pass here,” adding, “He does not get a pass from anyone in this room.”
As Nicki Swift previously reported, The Washington Post published an article, detailing the accounts of eight women who’ve accused Rose of sexual harassment. These women recalled unwanted touching or groping from Rose, as well as moments in which he exposed himself to them or spoke to them about his sexual fantasies.
Rose, 75, has since apologized, though he noted that he didn’t believe that all of the claims “are accurate.”
However, in light of the allegations, the former 60 Minutes host has been suspended by TV networks CBS and PBS.
While we wait to see how this scandal progresses, read all about the other men who’ve been called out for inappropriate behavior in recent weeks.