Charlie Rose is facing fallout from both CBS and PBS after allegations of unwanted sexual advances by multiple women.
CBS has suspended Rose from the network, while PBS stopped production of the show “Charlie Rose.”
The Washington Post first published a story Monday in which eight women accused the longtime TV host of sexual harassment.
The women, who were between 21 and 37 years old, worked for, or hoped to work on PBS’s “Charlie Rose.”
They said Rose made lewd phone calls, walked around naked in their presence, or groped their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
Rose issued an apologetic statement to the Post in which he said, ““It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. 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.”
Five of the women said Rose put his hand on their legs as a test to see how they reacted. Two also said while travelling or working out of his homes, he walked around naked in front of them.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who worked for Rose in the mid-2000s said he walked nude in front of her on at least a dozen occasions and also made lewd phone calls to her.
She spoke to Yvette Vega, Rose’s longtime executive producer, about the calls which were dismissed as “Charlie being Charlie.”
Vega told the Post she “failed” the women in a statement 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.”