'He Does Not Get a Pass': Charlie Rose's CBS Co-Hosts React to Sexual Harassment Claims
UPDATE, 12:30pm ET: Charlie Rose has been fired from CBS News in light of the sexual harassment complaints against him.
The female anchors of "CBS This Morning" spoke out forcefully on the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against their co-host, famed broadcaster Charlie Rose.
In a report Monday, the Washington Post laid out allegations from eight women who worked for Rose over the years. It chronicled a pattern of sexual harassment by the longtime PBS journalist toward young, female staff members, including that he groped women and exposed himself.
"This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women," Norah O’Donnell said on the show.
“Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive," she said.
"This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period," O'Donnell ended.
— Norah O'Donnell (@NorahODonnell) November 21, 2017
O'Donnell said there must be a "reckoning" in society and a "taking of responsibility" before women can achieve equality in the workplace.
Her co-host, Gayle King, also weighed in, saying she's "reeling" after the report came out.
"I got one hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night. Both my son and my daughter called me; Oprah called me and said, 'Are you okay?' I am not okay."
"[The article] was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read," said King, editor of Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O.
King said Rose is a friend, but he "does not get a pass," adding she "cannot stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies and what happened maybe even to their careers."
Rose, who was quickly suspended from the show, called the allegations "embarrassing," but added he does not believe all of the claims against him are accurate.
"I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," 75-year-old Rose said in a statement.
"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."
A TMZ reporter tracked down Rose Monday night as he entered his New York City residence, asking whether he had anything to say to the women accusing him of "wrongdoings."
"It's not wrongdoings," he answered.
Watch Eric Shawn's report above.