CBS’s Norah O’Donnell addresses Charlie Went up allegations: ‘This has to end’

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“CBS This Morning” hosting companies Norah O’Donnell 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 O’Donnell nor King shied away from blunt criticism of their missing co-host, who’s been a fitting on the show.

“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally, the safety of women,” O’Donnell said. “Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive, and I’ve been doing a lot of listening and I’m going to continue to do that.”

“This I know is true: Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility,” she continued. “This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.”

King seemed grappled with her affection for Went up and disgust at the allegations towards him

“I really am still reeling,” she said.

“I’ve 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 — 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?”

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 “was pursuing shared feelings,” but apologized plus reiterated a “profound new respect for women and their lives.”

PBS has also declared that it would suspend distribution Rose’s everyday interview show.



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