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Charlie Rose returns to television on Monday, following a recovery from heart surgery he says his doctors told him has been “exemplary.”
One of three anchors on CBS This Morning, Rose had a heart valve replaced on Feb. 9. His return was announced on the show Friday.
Anthony Mason filled in for Rose beside Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell for the past month. The 5-year-old CBS morning show has been getting closer to market leaders Good Morning America of ABC and NBC’s Today show in the ratings, emphasizing a newsier approach.
The 75-year-old Rose, who will resume work on his PBS interview show a few days later, said he has no concerns about coming back too quickly.
“It’s not my judgment,” he said in an interview. “It’s the doctor’s judgment.”
Rose has a heart of spare parts. He had one valve replaced in 2002 and, after falling ill while on assignment in Syria in 2006, had another valve implanted following emergency surgery in Paris in 2006. Last month’s surgery replaced the one installed in 2002, which had been expected to last about 15 years.
He said he’d been having a little trouble sleeping and when a doctor discovered the valve was leaking, decided to move quickly and have surgery.
Rose said he has no intention of cutting back on a schedule that has him rising at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays for a two-hour news show and taping his PBS interviews in the late afternoon, fitting in time for 60 Minutes pieces.
“I feel that the best days are ahead of us for CBS This Morning,” he said.
Rose said he was touched by well-wishers who had emailed him while he was out.
“When people tell you you’re a national treasure, you don’t puff up your shoulders and say, ‘I’m a national treasure,'” he said. “What you do say is that if they think that highly of me, I want to make sure that I justify it, that I’m prepared.”
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