The set of CBS This Morning addressed opened their show with a full airing covering the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by former show co-anchor Charlie Rose.
After a lengthy segment covering the charges and Rose’s long career, the show’s other co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell both issued their own forceful rebukes of their former colleague — who was suspended yesterday.
“Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility. I am really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here,” said O’Donnell. “This will be investigated; this has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.”
King, largely echoed the sentiment.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night,” she said. “I am not ok. After reading that article in the Post. It was deeply disturbing troubling and painful for me to read.”
“I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years. I’ve held him in such high regard and I’m really struggling because what do you say when someone who you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? How do you wrap your brain around that,” she added. “I apeluaud the women who speak up, despite the friendship. He doesn’t get a pass because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened, maybe to even their careers.”