CBS has fired Charlie Rose in the wake of a Washington Post report detailing decades of sexual misconduct and harassment alleged by eight women who say the respected reporter regularly walked around naked and touched his staffers without consent so often that they nicknamed the behavior the “crusty paw.”
Rose was a co-host of “CBS This Morning” and a contributor to “60 Minutes.”
In a memo sent to staff Tuesday, CBS News President David Rhodes wrote, “Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, 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.”
Bloomberg and PBS, which distributes Rose’s eponymous show, initially suspended Rose after the allegations were made public. PBS later dropped Rose outright, saying in a statement, “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”
Rose apologized Monday for behaving “insensitively” and later corrected a Splash News videographer who asked him about his “wrongdoings,” saying there were none.