PBS has announced that is has cancelled the long-running and award-winning interview program “Charlie Rose” in the wake of claims of sexual harassment levelled at the program’s host. This follows CBS News earlier firing the veteran anchor from the CBS Corp. unit.
In a detailed article on Monday, The Washington Post reported the accounts of eight women who said Rose had harassed them. These women worked as junior-level producers for his PBS program and/or aspired to do so. He reportedly invited them to work at his house and then allegedly approached them in a sexual manner.
CBS, PBS and Bloomberg all suspended Rose who said in a statement: “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.”
The show has been something of an institution in American TV journalism since 1991 with Rose doing one-on-one interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, culture, business and more. Not any longer with PBS saying in a statement they’ve officially: “terminated ther relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs.”
A Bloomberg spokesman adds that they have also terminated their agreement to rebroadcast episodes of the show. This marks just the latest in a series of exposes of media figures using their positions of power to attempt striking up sexual relationships with women in subordinate roles.
Rose’s co-anchors on “CBS This Morning,” Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King,” have spoken about their reaction to the news: