Charlie Rose Fired By CBS; PBS Cancels Program Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
CBS News head David Rhodes released the following statement announcing Rose's departure from the network.
"A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program," he said.
Variety reports that PBS will cease to air the long-running program CHARLIE ROSE in the wake of claims of sexual harassment charges. In a statement, the public broadcaster commented: "In light of yesterday's revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Roseand cancelled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."
It was revealed just yesterday by The Washington Post that eight women have come forward to accuse the host of "unwanted sexual advances toward them."
Rose admitted the accusations were true in the following statement last night.
"In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues. It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. 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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