CBS News announced today that it has terminated Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual harassment, ending his career at the network.
The decision comes a day after the Washington Post published accounts of eight women who accused the veteran journalist of sexual misconduct between the late 1990s and 2011.
The allegations against Rose included lewd phone calls, groping female staffers and walking naked around his apartment, which he often used for business.
Hours after the Post published those allegations, CBS News suspended Rose from its network, where he was co-host of “CBS This Morning” and a correspondent on “60 Minutes.”
On Tuesday, it fired Rose, citing the “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” in the article. David Rhodes, head of CBS’ news division, said “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.”
“I’ve often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past,” Rhodes also said in his statement. “But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.”
PBS also terminated its relationship with Rose on Tuesday, after saying on Monday night it would no longer distribute Rose’s nightly interview show, “Charlie Rose.”
“PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect,” a spokesperson told PBS NewsHour.
Bloomberg, too, said it would keep Rose’s show, which is recorded at the company’s Manhattan headquarters, off the air “for the foreseeable future.”
Rose has not yet publicly responded to his termination from CBS News. But on Monday night heresponded the allegations, saying the he wanted to “deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” but that “I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”
Rose is the latest high-profile journalist flagged for sexual misconduct within the media industry. Earlier this week, New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by several young female journalists. The Times has since suspended him.