“I don’t want to sit here and ‘boo’ like a girl or like a baby, but I have great affection for him, really still care about him and just because he’s done what he’s accused of doing, I can’t turn that off. I can’t turn off my feelings for him,” King told Cohen, after being asked about Rose being fired following accusations by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
“But, I also have sympathy for these women, these women that are speaking up,” King added. “So, it’s very, very difficult when somebody you care about has done something that is so egregious to everything that you believe in.”
When Cohen asked what the “tone” of King’s conversations with Rose have been, King was quick to mention that she has yet to see her former co-anchor. “I haven’t seen him yet … I’ve spoken to him,” she said.
Feeling conflicted over her admiration for Rose despite the allegations, King explained that it’s a “bad situation” that everyone has to “carry on” from, emotions aside.
“Listen, it is a bad situation for everybody all around, and I think at CBS, we’re still dealing with it. We’re still reeling from it,” she said. “But I also know that we must and we will have to carry on. I believe in [co-host] Norah [O’Donnell]. I believe in me. I believe in our team, and we will carry on, but … it’s very, very difficult. It’s one of the worst things that’s happened to me in my professional career, I have to say.”
Although her colleague is one of the latest high-profile men to be accused of sexual harassment or assault, King finds “good” in the ongoing wave of allegations: “In the culture, where all of this is coming up, the only good that’s coming out of it is that everybody’s talking about it, even at CBS. Everybody’s encouraged to speak up, speak out about anything that you want to do. And I think that’s a good thing.”
King also revealed that she’s hoping to see Rose sometime this week and she doesn’t have any nerves.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. No, I’m not nervous to see him,” King said. “I want to see him, because I have a lot of questions … I have a feeling I’m gonna ask. It’s difficult when somebody you care about and this happens, but … I know that we will be okay. … It’s a big blow for us.”
After eight women accused Rose of inappropriate conduct in a Washington Post report, he was suspended from his role as co-host of CBS This Morning. Rose addressed the allegations in a statement sent to the Post saying, “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”