CBS "This Morning" co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell on Tuesday slammed their colleague Charlie Rose after allegations of sexual misconduct, and offered encouragement for the women who made the accusations.
"To be very honest with you, I’m still trying to process all of this," King said. "I’m still trying to sort it out because this not the man I knew but I’m also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and very damaged by this."
"How do you wrap your brain around that?" she added. "I'm really grappling with that. That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room."
"This has to end," O'Donnell said. "This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior."
O'Donnell said CBS would investigate the claims, which she said are "systemic and pervasive" in working environments.
Both O'Donnell and King said they had not spoken with Rose since the allegations became public, though King said she would talk with him at some point Tuesday.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that eight women who had professional relationships with Rose were accusing him of sexual misconduct, which included vulgar phone calls, groping and exposing himself to them. In the aftermath, Rose was suspended from his roles at CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose said in a statement Monday night.