Charlie Rose “does not get a pass here”: Gayle King confronts the truth about a CBS colleague and friend


King (starting at 1:04) took a more personal approach, describing her sleepless night and conflicted feelings in the wake of the Washington Post story that detailed the accounts of eight women who say they were harassed by Rose, and Rose’s immediate suspension by CBS.

Saying she was “still reeling” from the news, King noted, “I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years. I’ve held him in such high regard. And I’m really struggling because how do you—what do you say when someone you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? … I’m really grappling with that. That said, Charlie does not get a pass here.”

Both women confirmed that they had yet to speak with Rose since the allegations were published.

Their statements reflect how some women around the world are reacting to news about high-profile men being accused of harassment.

But although both responses were powerful, King’s was particularly representative of how a lot of women might feel right now about Charlie Rose, even if we didn’t work with him. We, too, once held him in high regard. And his show’s intimate format, not to mention his charm and candor, made him feel like a friend.