Oprah has not been asked to replace Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” after he was fired over allegations of sexual misconduct, despite an inaccurate new report. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we’ve exclusively learned the truth.
Rose was axed from the CBS news show earlier this week after several women accused the veteran TV host of making unwanted sexual advances on them in the workplace. According to the New York Post, the network wants Oprah to take over for the ousted journalist. A so-called “TV insider” tells the newspaper, “They are begging Oprah to fill in. Not full time… But they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in ’til Christmas. Anything.”
The outlet goes on to say that the network has set its sights on Oprah because she’s best friends with Rose’s former co-anchor Gayle King, who still remains on “CBS This Morning.” The questionable source adds, “Unless you get a superstar [on the show], it’s always going to be, ‘Charlie’s missing.'”
But Gossip Cop checked in with a rep for Oprah, who exclusively assures us there’s “no truth” to the newspaper’s report. We’re told that the iconic TV host “has not been asked” to fill in for Rose. Meanwhile, a CBS spokesperson tells us, “We are not commenting at this time on speculation about a successor.”
For now, there’s nothing to indicate that CBS has Oprah in mind for the position. And even if her name is being tossed around at the network, she hasn’t been approached by anyone about the job, despite the New York Post‘s assertion otherwise. Also, this isn’t the first time the newspaper has published an untrue article surrounding morning television hosts.
Earlier this year, Gossip Cop corrected the outlet for wrongly reporting that Megyn Kelly was replacing Savannah Guthrie as Matt Lauer’s “Today” show co-anchor. We will keep track of the developments at “CBS This Morning,” but Gossip Cop can confirm that Oprah isn’t currently in contention for the gig.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.