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CBS fires Charlie Rose, PBS severs ties after sexual misconduct claims

NEW YORK — CBS News has fired Charlie Rose, and PBS has ended its partnership, after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct.

PBS' announcement that it was terminating its relationship with the host came an hour after CBS News announced it was terminating Rose, who hosted "CBS This Morning" and contributed to "60 Minutes."

Rose has been one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes." PBS and Bloomberg also suspended airings of Rose's nightly interview show after the Washington Post published an article Monday about women who said he groped them and walked around naked in front of them.

CBS News President David Rhodes said there is nothing more important than assuring a safe, professional workplace. CBS had already suspended him.

Rose's co-hosts on the morning show, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, were sharply critical of their colleague on Tuesday. King said the allegations did not fit the Rose she knew, but that "I'm clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and damaged by this."

Rose, 75, has interviewed newsmakers in the media, entertainment, business and politics weeknights on PBS' schedule since 1991.

While PBS has distributed the program, it is produced by a company owned by Rose.

In a statement, PBS said that the service "expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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