Three networks suspended journalist and TV host Charlie Rose Monday, after eight women accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted advances in a report by The Washington Post. Three women spoke on the record, while five were anonymous. Rose released a statement apologizing for his behavior, but also maintained that some of the allegations were inaccurate.
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning's Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell publicly distanced themselves from the 75-year-old journalist. "Gayle, I know you and I have talked a lot about this, and it takes a lot of courage for these women to come forward, and I think that they should continue to do so. I also want to say that this is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand, and more generally, the safety of women. Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive," O'Donnell told viewers. "I've been doing a lot of listening and I'm going to continue to do that."
In the Post, Rose was accused of groping female associates and walking around naked in their presence. "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. I am really proud to work at CBS News. There are so many incredible people here, especially on this show—all of you here," O'Donnell said on-air Tuesday. "This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period."