“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver was ahead of the curve in regards to the recent sexual harassment allegations against veteran TV host Charlie Rose.
Rose was accused Monday of groping, touching and walking naked in front of eight female colleagues — accusations foreshadowed by Oliver in a recurring segment on his late-night show that highlights the awkward sexual tension on “CBS This Morning.”
Rose, 75, co-hosts the morning show with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell — and the three frequently chat about sex.
Oliver’s “And now” segment has exhibited the trio’s awkward rapport on multiple occasions, with titles including “CBS This Morning’s awkward sex talk,” “Seriously, the sexual tension on CBS This Morning is going through the f–king roof” and “Twenty-seven seconds of the breakfast-time foreplay that is CBS This Morning.”
Rose was accused of sexual harassment by eight different women.
In one video, Rose tells King she looks tan as he looks her up and down, to which she laughs and jokingly tugs at her bra strap.
“Can I see that one more time?” Rose asks with a laugh.
On another occasion, Rose says he wouldn’t think less of a woman who slept with him on a first date, and that he likes a girl wearing Victoria’s Secret.
The creepy conversation looks different following the sexual harassment accusations, which the women took to the Washington Post.
In a statement, Rose apologized for his “inappropriate behavior,” adding that he was “greatly embarrassed” and accepted responsibility for the allegations — though he claimed he believed all encounters were consensual.
Among the accusers is a former staffer who says Rose called her on the phone more than once to tell her he fantasized about watching her swim naked in a pool, and another who said he grabbed her buttocks at a staff party.
John Oliver’s segment has been shedding light on Charlie Rose’s sexual predation for years.
Oliver wasn’t the only one to pick up on Rose’s predatory behavior.
The 2001 Wes Anderson film “The Royal Tenenbaums” features a parody character of Rose in the form of a TV host who gropes Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.