Report: ‘CBS This Morning’ Is ‘Begging’ Oprah to Fill in for Fired Anchor Charlie Rose

Oprah Winfrey (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


"CBS This Morning" wants Oprah Winfrey to step in for ousted anchor Charlie Rose as the show reels from the television journalist's firing for explosive allegations of sexual misconduct.

"They are begging Oprah to fill in," a TV insider told Page Six. "Not full time . . . But they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in till Christmas. Anything."

"This Morning" Co-host Gayle King is editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and is a close friend of the legendary media figure. King even name-dropped Winfrey when she and Norah O'Donnell addressed the stunning downfall of Rose on Monday's show, saying "Oprah called" and asked how she was doing.

CBS did not comment to Page Six on the rumor, and a representative of Winfrey said, as of Tuesday, she had not been asked to be on the show.

Rose had hosted "This Morning" since 2012 and helped the previously struggling program improve in ratings and stature. Although it remains behind NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings wars, "This Morning" has been a solid revenue generator for CBS News.

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