Charlie Rose has fallen faster than a huge rock tossed into a shallow pond. Rose was fired Tuesday from both CBS and PBS over allegations of sexual misconduct.

To discuss this at length was CBS anchor Gayle King. She appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday and spent a long time speaking about the firing of King’s “CBS This Morning” colleague, Charlie Rose.

“I came this close to canceling,” King told Colbert about her Tuesday late-night appearance. She said it was difficult to discuss the events leading to the dismissal of Rose, a man she described as “a friend.”

Colbert commended King and CBS for how they handled the matter, explaining that King and fellow “CBS This Morning” anchor Nora O’Donnell had reported Rose’s firing “objectively and fully” on their morning program earlier in the day.

“It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful,” King said. “Charlie and I, we have worked together, been friends. But when you think about the anguish of those women, despite the friendship, you still have to report the news.”