Talk show host Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Rose, who has long hosted an interview show on PBS and also co-anchors “CBS This Morning,” is accused of making sexual advances toward multiple women — some of whom worked on his show. He is also accused of groping women and walking in front of them while naked.
A PBS spokesperson said the network is immediately suspending distribution of the program, which is produced by an independent company, in response to the allegations.
Bloomberg TV, which broadcasts “Charlie Rose” as well, also said it is suspending the show.
CBS also suspended Rose after learning of the allegations.
The incidents date from the late 1990s to 2011, and the women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the incidents they describe.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed,” Rose said in a statement in response to the Post’s reporting. “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
Rose, 75, has hosted his PBS show since 1993, and has co-anchored the CBS morning program since 2012.
He joins a growing list of men in positions of power who have been accused of sexual harassment and assault in recent weeks, beginning with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October. Earlier Monday, New York Times star reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended from the newspaper after a Vox report detailed several instances of him behaving inappropriately with female journalists.