CBS fires Charlie Rose; PBS dumps his show

Eight women accuse Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, in the latest bombshell report from The Washington Post.

CBS fired Charlie Rose and PBS dropped his long-running interview show on Tuesday, after an explosive report Monday in the Washington Postdetailed years of alleged sexual misconduct against dozens of women.

 "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. We need to be such a place," CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement Tuesday.

"CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last," Rhodes's statement said. "Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.

"I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized—and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined.  If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work – that is what we can be known for."

Related: Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell address Charlie Rose scandal

Rose was suspended from the network after The Washington Post published claims from eight women who all worked or wanted to work for his PBS program. They describe Rose making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990s through 2011.

Tuesday's CBS This Mornings broadcast, led by co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, began with the allegations against Rose, confirming that Monday's Washington Post and Business Insider stories were accurate after speaking to one of his accusers.

"Charlie does not get a pass here," King said on the morning's broadcast, claiming she is "still reeling" from the news.

She noted, "Oprah called me and said, 'Are you okay?' I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read. To the women who have not spoken up, or who are afraid, I'm hoping that now they will take the steps to speak out too, that this will become a moment of truth."

O'Donnell added, "Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening, and I'm going to continue to do that. This, I know, is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility ... This will be investigated, this has to end, this behavior is wrong."

Shortly after CBS's announcement, PBS weighed in, announcing it was ending its relationship with Rose and canceling distribution of his show.

"In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect," said the statement from Jennifer Rankin Byrne, vice president of corporate communications.

Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain spent weeks reaching out to Rose's former employees and job seekers.

"I think that you can't understate, you know, the level of influence and power that a man like Charlie Rose has," Brittain said.

Several "described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh." One said he "groped her breasts" as she drove him in a car. Two women said he "walked naked in front of them" after taking a shower.

Related: Charlie Rose suspended after allegations against him

"Some critics might say, well why were they in position, you know, to see him naked? But the thing about Charlie Rose is that he would commonly require his employees to come over to his private homes," Brittain said.

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