CBS News fired Charlie Rose on Tuesday after several women came forward to accuse the newsman of sexual harassment.
“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,” the company said in a memo to staffers.
The memo continued, “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.”
On Monday, eight women came forward to the Washington Post to accuse Rose of sexual harassment. The women claim Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, made lewd phone calls, walked around naked in their presence, and claimed he groped their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
UPDATE 10:40 AM PT: PBS has let go of Rose as well, saying, “In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and 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.”