CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations

NEW YORK (AP and wires) - CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations.

CBS News President David Rhodes released the following information: 

"Colleagues, 

A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

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. I've often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.

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. Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.

I am deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized - and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined."

The announcement of Rose being fired comes after CBS News suspended him, and PBS stopped production and distribution of show following sexual harassment report .

The Washington Post says eight women have accused television host Charlie Rose of multiple unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," Rose said in a statement to The Washington Post. "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."

Rose's PBS show features his in-depth interviews with newsmakers. The 75-year-old journalist is one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes."

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