John Oliver used to do these satirical joke segments about your banter with Charlie Rose on his show. Do you look back at that now, after Rose was fired following multiple accusations of sexual harassment, and think about it differently? I don’t know, because it really was in good fun. It was very harmless. I had no idea that we would ever be part of the #MeToo story. I actually thought what John Oliver was doing was pretty funny.
Has it made you think about how you relate to male colleagues on air? No. I am not worried about people misinterpreting what I say. I don’t want to turn myself into a pretzel trying to figure it out. You know when something is inappropriate. Listen, if it’s not something you would say or do in front of your wife or your mother or your sister, that’s a really good guideline.
John Dickerson was hired to replace Rose on “CBS This Morning.” Did you have a moment when you just wanted to have the show hosted by the two women anchors — you and Norah O’Donnell — after Charlie’s dismissal? There are a lot of men in the world; I think it’s good to have one at the table. I really advocated bringing in another man. Could Norah and I have done it? Yep, but I’m glad that wasn’t the decision that was made.
You’ve talked about the potential for backlash to the #MeToo movement. How do you see that playing out? I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty. There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same.
Is being fired a particularly harsh punishment? In some cases, yes.
But what about the rumors that some of these men will have a comeback? Sometimes it just doesn’t seem as if they’ve really taken a hit. It depends on who you’re talking about. We’re talking in generalities here, because many of the cases are different, but what I do know is you can’t come back if you don’t get the lesson and you haven’t acknowledged that you behaved badly.
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Source: New York Times