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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
CBS This Morning anchors support CBS reporter Jericka Duncan after she received a threatening text from Jeff Fager
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"This is a very difficult story for us to cover and certainly for you," said Gayle King, as the CBS News morning show recapped Fager's firing as 60 Minutes executive producer. "Big trees are falling at CBS but I really do believe the company wants to and can get this right," King said. "I can only imagine what this has done to you, how this has affected you and I certainly applaud you, Jericka, for speaking up."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Gayle King calls for CBS to release the results of its Les Moonves investigation
Speaking on CBS This Morning, King echoed women's rights advocates who were stunned by reports that CBS might keep details of its probe of the former CBS CEO confidential. “I’m sick and sick of the story and sickened the by everything that we keep hearing,” King said. Regarding the plan to keep the report private, she said: “How can we have this investigation and not know how it comes out? Les Moonves has been on the record, he says, listen, he didn’t do these things, that it was consensual, that he hasn’t hurt anybody’s career. I would think it would be in his best interests for us to hear what the report finds out.”
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Why Les Moonves' departure is unlikely to hurt CBS' programming
CBS isn't like The Weinstein Company, which completely collapsed after Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. Even though Moonves played an important role in the daily life at CBS, he leaves behind an executive team who -- should they remain in place -- continue doing what CBS does best, according to Josef Adalian. "Moonves has benefited from the tendency (by both reporters and corporate boards) to put too much value in the Great Man theory of history," says Adalian. "In fact, whatever success CBS has had the past two decades was not the result of a single designer suit-clad superhero picking hit shows and negotiating the right talent deals. A small army of Eye execs past and present were instrumental in shaping the network, both for good (Everybody Loves Raymond, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory) and ill (Kevin Can Wait). Plus, as with any network or streaming service, the real drivers of success at CBS have been the show creators and stars who make hit programs. CBS won’t be the same place without Moonves, but like Apple after Steve Jobs, it won’t collapse either. It’s telling that late last week, as multiple news outlets reported Moonves was in settlement talks, CBS’s stock price actually went up."
- Norah O'Donnell addressed Moonves' exit on CBS This Morning: "This is really hard. It is. It’s hard for everybody at CBS News"
- Moonves could still be paid $120 million in severance of he's cleared by an internal probe
- CBS must do more post-Moonves to address the overall culture of complicity and complacency at the network
- CBS stock falls after Moonves' exit
- Kathy Griffin slams Moonves and Julie Chen in Twitter rant
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 4:38PM EDT
Showtime on Ruth Wilson's Affair exit: "Everyone agreed the character's story had run its course"
Showtime addressed Wilson's awkward CBS This Morning interview, in which she said this morning the decision to leave was hers, but "I'm not allowed to talk about why" she left. Hours later, Showtime released a statement saying: “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.” Variety reports that Wilson came to producers before Season 4 and asked if she could be let out of her contract to work on the BBC/PBS series Mrs. Wilson, based on her grandmother.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Ruth Wilson says "I'm not allowed to talk about why" I left The Affair
Wilson's comment on CBS This Morning caught interviewer Gayle King off-guard. King then brought up her revelation earlier this year that she was certain she was paid less than co-star Dominic West. But Wilson said she “never complained to Showtime about pay parity.”
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Alan Alda reveals he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease more than three years ago
Source: USA Today
"The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three and a half years ago and I've had a full life since then," the 82-year-old former M*A*S*H star said on CBS This Morning. "I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I started this new podcast .. I thought, 'It's probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad turn point of view,' but that's not where I am."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Gayle King thinks the #MeToo movement needs due process
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine asked the CBS This Morning anchor, who is still friends with Charlie Rose following his firing, whether there's a potential for a #MeToo backlash. "I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty," she says. "There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Smithsonian's "Watching Oprah" exhibit looks like a (deserving) reward for her $21 million donation
Source: The Washington Post
The exhibit honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Friday. And according to Sebastian Smee, the exhibit is "a testament — to Oprah, obviously, and her extraordinary story. But also to the rest of us, black and white, American and otherwise. It’s a testament to our culture’s transformation, to who we have become. Is it strange, perhaps even a little concerning, that a woman who is the biggest single donor to this museum should be treated to an exhibition exclusively about her, and so soon after its opening? You bet it is. It’s not a good look. Yet in the end, it’s hard to argue that Winfrey is undeserving of such an exhibition. She had the highest-rated talk show of all time. It aired all over the world for 25 years. No African American woman — you could persuasively argue no man or woman of any race — has had a bigger effect on the culture at large over the past 30 years."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
A Charlie Rose #MeToo redemption show sounds absurd, but don't be shocked if it ever does happen
Source: The Boston Globe
The overwhelming response to last week's Page Six story is that "this would NEVER, EVER happen," says Matthew Gilbert. But he says in an era where O.J. Simpson's If I Did It is a possibility, anything can happen. "I can just see some producer putting together a low-budget affair starring Rose and streaming it through Rose’s website, perhaps, or a site with a less obvious stigma," says Gilbert. "I can see people watching it, especially those who find the #MeToo movement to be an expression of liberal political correctness, those who feel that women shouldn’t be so sensitive and difficult. I can see the show developing a loyal following, just as off-kilter sites such as Alex Jones’s InfoWars have. It’s hard to believe Charlie Rose’s Bathrobe Confessions would ever come into existence. But I remember the disbelief I felt in the late 1990s, when I first heard about an upcoming TV series where — oh my God — they actually leave a group of people in the wild to see if they can survive."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Charlie Rose's alleged sexual misconduct was widespread at CBS News; 27 new women come forward
Source: The Washington Post
The Washington Post, which reported first reported on Rose's sexual harassment allegations at PBS last November, has learned that the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent also allegedly sexually harassed many female staffers at CBS News. CBS News managers received complaints about Rose's behavior as early as 1986 and as late as April 2017. The Post spoke to 14 CBS News employees who accuse Rose of sexual harassment and 13 women who worked with him elsewhere. The new allegations date back to 1976, when a former research assistant at NBC News' Washington bureau says Rose exposed his penis to her and touched her breasts. Meanwhile, at CBS News, "some women who said they were harassed said they feared reporting the violations to executives, whom they viewed as prioritizing the careers of male stars," report Amy Brittain and Irin Carmon, who broke the first Charlie Rose story. In all, three CBS managers were warned over a 30-year period of Rose's behavior. When asked to respond to the new allegations, Rose sent a one-sentence email: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.” CBS News issued a statement in response to The Post's article: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.” ALSO: Gayle King responds on CBS This Morning: "I have a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know what to say about this."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Gayle King warns of a #MeToo backlash: "There has to be a due process for all involved"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The CBS This Morning anchor and former Charlie Rose colleague spoke about the movement at the Milken Institute conference in Beverly Hills. “I worry sometimes that women make an accusation and men instantly get the death penalty,” King said on Monday. “I think we have to be very careful; that there has to be a due process for all involved — so I do worry of a backlash to the #MeToo movement.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Report: CBS executives are "freaking out" over an upcoming Charlie Rose bombshell story
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that The Washington Post, which broke the story of Rose's PBS sexual harassment scandal, has been spending months on a new story about Rose's alleged sexual misconduct at CBS. It was The Washington Post's story that resulted in Rose's immediate ouster from both his PBS and CBS jobs. "CBS has been using NDAs to try and suppress potential sources for an upcoming exposé about Charlie Rose’s sexual misconduct," reports Page Six. "And top network execs who worked on Rose’s shows are panicking that they’ll be accused of turning a blind eye to his sexual misconduct." Page Six notes that Late Show with Stephen Colbert executive producer Chris Licht is among the execs who are "terrified" over the looming report. Licht was previously CBS This Morning's executive producer. CBS News is also being accused of hypocrisy for using non-disclosure agreements to try to silence potential sources, while framing Stormy Daniels as brave for attempting to break her NDA on 60 Minutes.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
General Hospital leads Daytime Emmys with 26 nominations
Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless tied for second with 25 nominations apiece. CBS has two shows up for best morning show, CBS Sunday Morning and CBS This Morning. Most of the other nominees are familiar faces, from The View to The Talk to Ellen. The Daytime Emmys will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood on April 29.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Charlie Rose makes a cryptic return to Twitter
The disgraced former PBS and CBS This Morning host tweeted an "H" this morning on his official Twitter account. His tweet was greeted with some positivity, with some Twitter users saying they missed him.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
CBS News boss talks 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview, recalls asking Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell to announce Charlie Rose firing without a script
“The only reason it hasn’t run is that there’s still a lot of journalistic work to do,” CBS News president David Rhodes, speaking at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, said of the buzzworthy interview Anderson Cooper conducted last week with President Trump's alleged mistress, adding that there is still no airdate set. As for President Trump's lawyers stopping the interview from airing, Rhodes said, “I haven’t seen such an injunction, and I can’t imagine what the basis for that would be. Rhodes' interview also touched on Charlie Rose's firing last November for sexual harassment. “It was most important to me, as management, that they not feel managed in what they said,” Rhodes said of having King and O'Donnell respond openly on air and without a script. “So we didn’t prepare statements for them… we asked them to address it in their own words however they felt they should.”