The suspension was also acknowledged Monday on CBS Evening News, where interim anchor Anthony Mason said "the wave of sexual abuse allegations we've been reporting from Hollywood to Washington have now touched CBS News".
The co-hosts on Charlie Rose's "CBS This Morning" did not hold back while discussing the news anchor's alleged sexual harassment of at least eight women to date. "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", Rose said in a statement. The allegations include unwanted sexual advances, lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, and groping.
"What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so awful?" anchor Gayle King said at the opening of CBS This Morning, which she has hosted alongside Rose and Norah O'Donnell. Rose's bathroom behavior, which allegedly involved summoning underlings to him as he bathed, became so well-known by the women that they gave it a nickname: "the shower trick". "It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them".
The Post reports that they found additional female former employees of Rose's who said they had been harassed. King asked. "How do you wrap your brain around that? That is why we have taken these actions", CBS News president David Rhodes said in the internal memo.
Three women went on the record in the Post's story.
The actions by CBS and PBS came after both institutions suspended Rose on Monday night.
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Rose had co-hosted "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and appeared on PBS since 1991.
"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 said.
One of the Washington Post reporters who covered the Rose allegations, Amy Brittain, was on the show and said a dozen more women have come forward to tell their stories since the article was published. "I am greatly embarrassed".
King said she had gotten less than two hours of sleep since the story broke and even called her buddy Oprah Winfrey to commiserate.
Rose took a leave of absence from CBS This Morning in February to undergo heart surgery to replace an artificial aortic valve.
Rose, King said, "doesn't get a pass, because I can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women. that and the pain that they're going through".