Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King began CBS This Morning on Tuesday by acknowledging the sexual misconduct allegations against their co-host, Charlie Rose.
Rose was suspended from the network last night after eight women came out with accusations about Rose’s inappropriate behavior throughout the years. After Bianna Golodryga covered the allegations in an opening report, she lamented that it hits “close to home,” and that “as tough as this story is to tell, we have to cover it like we would cover any other story.”
O’Donnell applauded Rose’s accusers for having the courage to speak out, and she said that the accusations against him and every other public figure in the past few weeks will lead to “a frank and honest assessment” about sexual harassment.
“Let me be very clear: there is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” O’Donnell said. “This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong, period.”
King also said the accusations against Rose have left her shaken, but the important thing now is to make it count for the women speaking out.
“Charlie does not get a pass here,” said King. “He doesn’t get a pass because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe to even their careers. I can’t stop thinking about that and the pain that they’re going through.”
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