“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” said CBS News boss David Rhodes in a letter to staff Tuesday. “This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program,” the President of the news division added. (see the full letter below)
This end to the 75-year old Rose’s five year run on the early morning show and as a 60 Minutes correspondent followed revelations on Monday of eight women accusing the host of “unwanted sexual advances toward them,” according to the Washington Post. Very soon afterwards CBS, along with PBS and Bloomberg, suspended Rose.
With his long time interview show on ice and his presence on the Big 4 net at that point pending, Rose put out a statement of contrition yesterday. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” he said in part. “I am greatly embarrassed,” Rose added, essentially admitting the accusations were true.
CBS had said on Monday that they would investigate the claims, as they still are with Wisdom of the Crowd actor Jeremy Piven. Obviously, even in this short period, that probe came up incriminating Rose and the net surgically made its decision.
Here is CBS President Rhodes full letter on Rose’s firing:
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.
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.
I’ve often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.
CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.
Let’s please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.
I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized—and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work – that is what we can be known for.