In the wake of the Charlie Rose sexual harassment scandal, it’s being reported that “CBS This Morning” wants Oprah Winfrey to step in and take over for the disgraced talk show host after he was ousted from his longtime network position.
“They are begging Oprah to fill in,” a TV insider reportedly told Page Six on Wednesday. “Not full time . . . But they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in till Christmas. Anything.”
Reports have suggested that a rotating cast of CBS News talent will take up the slack in the meantime. According to the Page Six report, “Suggested Rose replacements on Twitter have so far included Tony Dokoupil and Bianna Golodryga.” Jeff Glor was just named as Rose’s “CBS Evening News” replacement.
Winfrey joined CBS’s “60 Minutes” in September and is best friends with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.
One insider told Page Six that CBS is desperate to persuade the talk show icon to take the reigns. “Unless you get a superstar [on the show], it’s always going to be, ‘Charlie’s missing.’”
On Tuesday, King said she was still “reeling” from the news about Rose.”I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night. Both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I am not OK,” said King.
A rep for Winfrey told Page Six that the star has not been officially asked to be on the show as of Tuesday.
CBS reportedly courted Winfrey for five years before she recently agreed to join “60 Minutes.”
King is how hosting “CBS This Morning” with Norah O’Donnell, and female anchor teams are having a moment on morning TV. Lori Stokes was named co-host of Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” with Rosanna Scotto after Greg Kelly left in September, and NBC’s “Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda” has been on a ratings high, according to the Page Six report.