CBS, PBS Fire Charlie Rose Amid Harassment Allegations

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Journalist Charlie Rose has been fired from PBS and CBS after eight women came forward with allegations that he sexually harassed them.

"In light of yesterday's revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs," the network said in a statement, according to CNN. "PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."

The highly esteemed reporter co-hosted "CBS This Morning," was a contributing correspondent for "60 Minutes," and also hosted and produced the "Charlie Rose" show.

In a memo, CBS president David Rhodes called Rose's alleged behavior "disturbing and intolerable."

"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," Rhodes explained. "We need to be such a place."

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Rose is accused of groping "Charlie Rose" interns and employees, walking around naked in front of them and making phone calls in which he detailed graphic sexual fantasies, the women told The Washington Post in a piece released on Nov. 21.

Several of Rose's accusers said that they either did not feel comfortable reporting his actions at the time or they did not know how, since the staff was small and Rose was involved in all levels of production.

"It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were," said former intern and associate producer Reah Bravo, who alleged that throughout her tenure, Rose came onto her, exposed himself, groped her and pressed his body against her. "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim."

Rose has responded to the allegations, stating that he has always been "an advocate for the careers" of his female coworkers and employees.

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"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," he 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."

He went on to say that he learned "a great deal" from his behavior and has found "a profound new respect for women and their lives."

But Rose's apology wasn't enough for PBS and CBS, the latter of whom cited credibility as a reason to let him go.

On the Nov. 21 edition of "CBS This Morning," co-hosts Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King spoke on the issue, with King stating that Rose "doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room" because they are all "deeply affected" and "rocked" by the revelations, notes CNN.

"This will be investigated," said O'Donnell. "This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period."

Sources: CNN, The Washington Post / Featured Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr / Embedded Images: mrgarethm/FlickrU.S. Department of State/Flickr

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