âCBS This Morningâ hosting companies Norah OâDonnell and Gayle California king opened the show Tuesday simply by addressing allegations of sexual wrong doings against their colleague Charlie Went up.
The veteran news anchor had been suspended by the network after the Wa Post published a report detailing the particular accusations, which came from eight females.
Neither OâDonnell nor King shied away from blunt criticism of their missing co-host, whoâs been a fitting on the show.
âThis is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally, the safety of women,â OâDonnell said. âLet me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive, and Iâve been doing a lot of listening and Iâm going to continue to do that.â
âThis I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility,â she continued. âThis will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.â
King seemed grappled with her affection for Went up and disgust at the allegations towards him
âI really am still reeling,â she said.
âIâve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years. I have held him in such high regard. And I am really struggling. Because how do you â what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible. How do you wrap your brain around that?â
The Write-up report, published Monday, detailed accusations from eight women who stated Rose engaged in behavior that incorporated explicit phone calls, groping, or revealing himself to them. In a statement, Went up challenged the accuracy of a few of the accusations and said he believed he âwas pursuing shared feelings,â but apologized plus reiterated a âprofound new respect for women and their lives.â
PBS has also declared that it would suspend distribution Roseâs everyday interview show.