On Tuesday, CBS News President David Rhodes sent a memo telling staffers that the company had terminated anchor Charlie Rose’s employment due to sexual misconduct allegations that arose Monday:
In internal memo, CBS News President David Rhodes says Charlie Rose was fired after
“revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” pic.twitter.com/Hp45qOHYYC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 21, 2017
“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,” the memo read.
The memo came just a day after the network suspended Rose over eight women’s claims that he sexually harassed them. His behavior allegedly included groping, inappropriate phone calls and walking around naked.
Rhodes suggested in the memo that the credibility of CBS News was at stake if it didn’t fire Rose:
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.
While Rose said that some of the allegations were inaccurate, he apologized to the women for his “inappropriate behavior.”
“I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said. Rose added that he believed he was “pursuing shared feelings” but said, “I now realize I was mistaken.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Rose’s former co-hosts recoiled at his conduct and applauded the women who told their stories. “Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell told viewers.