By Victor Ochieng
There is talk going around that CBS is trying to reach out to Oprah Winfrey to have her step in for Charlie Rose who was accused of being a s*xual predator. And it's being rumored that the channel is keen on using Gayle King's closeness with Winfrey to convince her to take up the role.
King's relationship with Winfrey is known and she drops the name of her billionaire friend one too often. This past Monday, after s*xual harassment accusations against Rose dropped, she mentioned Winfrey's name saying she'd had a word with her about the whole issue.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night,” she said. “Both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I am not OK.”
According to a source at Page Six, CBS is literally “begging Oprah to fill in” even if it's not on a full time basis.
“Not full time ... but they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in ’til Christmas. Anything,” the source added,
CBS This Morning has always performed shy of Good Morning America and the Today show, but the gap was demonstrably and steadily closing since the entry of Rose into the picture. Now Rose's troubles are putting the show’s future in serious jeopardy.
The network is more than likely to play the King ball to get Winfrey on board. They're likely not to give up, considering they followed Winfrey for five good years before she accepted a position on the 60 Minutes show.
Rose's troubles appear to be piling up by every passing day. Now, three CBS employees have accused the former anchor of having s*xually harassed them during his tenure at the network. This is on top of the other eight who already came out to accuse him of acting inappropriately towards them, according to a recent Washington Post report.
Two of the three new accusers alleged that Rose touched them inappropriately during some work related events, while the other said Rose whispered a s*xual suggestion to her. In a bold move, it's actually CBS that broke out the story, saying it got to know “these cases not from the HR department, but from our own investigation of his behavior.”
As soon as things came to the fore about Charlie's unreasonable s*xual acts, CBS fired him on Monday and PBS discontinued his Charlie Rose show on Tuesday.