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CBS News formally fires Charlie Rose as PBS drops his show

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Following up on its suspension of the once-revered TV talk show host after a story in yesterday’s Washington Post publicly revealed his troubling history of sexual harassment in the workplace, CBS News has sent Charlie Rose back into the black void from which he came. That is to say, the network formally fired Rose earlier today, a move it announced in a memo to staffers that New York Times TV reporter John Koblin subsequently posted on Twitter:


Yesterday’s Washington Post story contained allegations from eight women, who accused Rose of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances towards them while they were either working for him or applying for a job on his show. One former intern says she believes he “was a sexual predator” after working with him. Five of those women chose to remain anonymous “out of fear of Rose’s stature in the industry, his power over their careers, or what they described as his volatile temper.” You can read that full report here.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that Rose had been fired by PBS. He was fired by CBS News. We regret the error.

UPDATE: Rose’s show has also been canceled by PBS, which handled its distribution, according to The New York Times. In a statement, the broadcaster says, “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.”

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