How ‘CBS This Morning’ addressed the Les Moonves story

September 10, 2018 GMT

How ‘CBS This Morning’ addressed the Les Moonves story

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- “CBS This Morning” wasted no time Monday in addressing the resignation of longtime CBS CEO Les Moonves amid more allegations of sexual harassment.

Following a recap at the top of the show of what quickly transpired following the publication of a New Yorker story on Sunday detailing new allegations of harassment and assault made by six women, “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell addressed the matter directly.

“This is really hard. It is. This is hard for everybody at CBS News,” she said. “The most powerful media executive in America has now resigned in the wake of this Me Too movement. He’s my boss, or he was my boss and that makes it really hard to comment on it. Les has always treated me fairly and with respect. It’s been another sleepless night thinking about this: the pain women feel, the courage that it takes for women to come forward.”


O’Donnell then repeated what she said following the resignation of her former co-anchor Charlie Rose under similar circumstances late last year.

“There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and it is pervasive in our culture. And this I know is true to the core of my being, women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility,” she said.

“I’m really proud to work at CBS News,” O’Donnell added. “As as a journalist, I’m confident the truth will come out because this is being investigated... This has to end.”

While co-anchor Gayle King was off Monday, John Dickerson, who replaced Rose in January, followed up O’Donnell’s remarks.

“I was talking to somebody this weekend who I am very close to, who had this happen to them 30 years ago,” he said. “It still stays with her. Not only the feeling in the moment but the powerlessness afterward. And so, I couldn’t agree more with what you said.”

In a press release, CBS announced Moonves wouldn’t get the reported $80 million severance package the two sides had been negotiating until after the indepedent investigations are complete. Whatever the final amount is, CBS said $20 million would be deducted and donated to organizations “that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.”