The 75-year-old, who has hosted Charlie Rose on PBS since 1991, has been accused of sexually harassing eight women, who either worked for or aspired to work for Rose. Rose's accusers were employees or "aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose show' on PBS from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011".
'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 on Tuesday.
"In light of yesterday's revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his programs".
Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the women. Three women spoke to the newspaper on the record, while the other five requested their identities remain anonymous "out of fear of Rose's stature in the industry", according to the report.
The Washington Post reports that the allegations include "lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks, and genital areas". For example, when Bravo worked a side job at Rose's house, she was told by a co-worker, "If Rose did anything "sketchy"... she should not hesitate to call the show's vehicle service to return home", the Post said. "I am greatly embarrassed", he said. CBS is also suspending Rose from his position as co-anchor of CBS This Morning. "For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents". "He's toast", said one off-screen voice.
CBS said it wasn't aware of any complaints about Rose's behaviour at its own organization.
"It would usually entail some version of him also touching me", said Godfrey-Ryan. "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate".
She added: "I am deeply rocked by this". "After reading that article in The Post it was deeply disturbing, troubling, and painful ... that said, I think we have to make this matter for women".