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Gayle King & Norah O’Donnell Covered the Charlie Rose Mess on ‘This Morning’

Posted on the 21 November 2017 by Sumithardia

Gayle King & Norah O’Donnell covered the Charlie Rose mess on ‘This Morning’

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As we discussed earlier, Charlie Rose was outed as a sexual harasser/assailant by the Washington Post yesterday. WaPo reported that eight women claim that Rose harassed them, made them uncomfortable and/or groped them at various points in the past twenty years. Rose was immediately suspended by CBS and PBS. Rose was a long-time contributor to 60 Minutes, and he co-hosted CBS’s This Morning with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. This Morning has actually been doing well in the morning-show ratings wars for several years, based primarily on the chemistry between Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. I have to say, one of my first thoughts – upon reading the WaPo’s story – was “oh, Gayle King is going to be devastated.” Gayle and Charlie seemed to enjoy a substantive friendship and chemistry on and off-screen. Well, as it turns out, CBS isn’t shying away from reporting on a story that hits close to home, nor were they shy about giving Norah and Gayle the space to comment on the situation personally:
“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. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening." — @NorahODonnell pic.twitter.com/9P69QN7spu
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017

“I really am reeling. I got 1 hour & 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.” – @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/EQoEBHFkUr
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017

I’ll give CBS credit for something: they already had two female co-hosts on the show, and those two capable women were able to take the lead and discuss this openly, which is exactly how it should be. One of the problems with so many of the sexual predators we’ve covered is that it often felt like, oh right, these men weren’t actually close to any women. They didn’t have any women in their lives who were their friends and respected colleagues. So is it better or worse for Charlie Rose that he had women in his life who loved him and respected him and worked with him every day, and now those are the same women who were completely blindsided by what happened?
(PS… Does anyone else wonder if there are more morning-show chips yet to fall? CoughcoughMattLauercough.)
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