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Charlie Rose returned this week with an interview with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, raising questions about whether the longtime journalist had gained a public platform after his high-profile disgrace for sexual harassment.
“I’m proud to share this recent conversation with Warren Buffett,” Rose wrote on her personal website Thursday. “This is her first interview on camera in nearly a year and the first I’ve done in over 4 years. It’s one step on a journey to engage the most interesting people and explore the most interesting ideas. most convincing in the world.”
The nearly 75-minute interview touched on many topics, but not Rose’s personal scandals that led to her firing from “CBS This Morning” and her titular interview schedule on PBS in 2017. Rose, who turned 80 in January, and the 91-year-old Buffett playfully joked about Buffett’s health and work, in addition to chatting about other billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
At one point, Buffett brushed off questions about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, remarking that it was no use to him or the world to comment on it.
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The existence of the interview made more news than the interview itself, as outlets ranging from the Associated Press to CNN to Variety noted Rose’s attempted comeback.
“How’s all this cancel culture going for people?” tweeted Rebecca Carroll, writer and author and former producer of Rose’s interview program. She wrote in 2017 about what she called her show’s “toxic and degrading” environment, saying she and other colleagues witnessed her “lustful” behavior.
Rose was promptly fired that year after being accused of sexual misconduct by eight women in a bombshell Washington Post report. It was one of the first high-profile cases at the dawn of the #MeToo era, following reports of sexual misconduct by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Rose was accused of, among other acts, unwanted groping, lewd calling and walking around naked around female colleagues.
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“It’s been an inspiring year for the men we canceled at the top of #MeToo in 2017: Louis CK just won a Grammy, Bill Cosby is out of jail and now disgraced journalist Charlie Rose is making a triumphant comeback with a new series of interviews,” wrote the progressive site Jezebel.
Similar questions arose in 2019 when dozens of Democratic strategists were criticized for cooperating with Mark Halperin’s book on “How to Beat Trump.” Halperin was fired in 2017 from his positions at MSNBC and NBC News following a report that he sexually harassed several women at ABC News.
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At the time of his scandal, Rose said he was “embarrassed” and regretted his conduct, but did not believe all of the allegations against him were fair.