There’s been a lot of weird, almost-under-the-radar stuff happening with predators, harassers and abusers in the past few weeks. Specifically, Matt Lauer, Mario Batali, Louis CK and Charlie Rose have all been making a few quiet moves to stage some kind of comeback. It starts this way – a Page Six item here, a rumor floated to the trade papers there, then someone pushes a sympathetic story to People Magazine. Then after people get used to the idea that some abuser or predator has been “in exile” long enough, that’s when they’ll announce their new project. Here’s my advice to all of the “exiled” abusers and predators: don’t come back. Just go away. No one gives a sh-t about your comeback. But of course, no one will take my advice. Which is why we get stories like this:
Disgraced CBS anchor Charlie Rose is being slated to star in a show where he’ll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by #MeToo scandals. The move was revealed by editor, writer and women’s advocate Tina Brown, who confirmed to Page Six that she was recently approached to produce a #MeToo atonement series starring Rose, who would interview others embroiled in sexual harassment scandals.
Brown — who added that she passed on the project — first mentioned the proposed Rose redemption show while she appeared at a Q&A this week at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Women’s Luncheon.
Said a source: “Tina said she’d just been e-mailed about co-hosting a new show with Charlie Rose, in which they’d interview Louis C.K., Matt Lauer” and others caught up in the #MeToo sexual harassment scandals.” Brown explained to the group that she was having none of it, and remarked, “These guys are already planning their comebacks!” The talk was moderated by WNYC’s Mary Harris at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.
At the starry Time 100 Gala that night, Brown confirmed to us that she was approached about the Rose confessional show, clarifying she was asked to produce it, rather than co-host. She said of who’s behind the series, “I can’t remember.”
Three guests at the Brooklyn lunch recalled Brown mentioning the Rose show was pitched to her as a “Netflix show.” But a source familiar with the streaming service told us that it’s not at all a Netflix project, and no one there had heard of it.
I don’t think Tina Brown would make this up out of thin air, but she might have gotten the Netflix part of it wrong, who knows. Maybe it was pitched for Hulu or Amazon or something. My question: WHO pitched it? I suspect this was Charlie Rose’s pitch for himself. It sounds like something he would come up with – something “intellectual” where the softball questions to predators and abusers would be along the lines of “what did you learn from your exile?” and “who do you blame for the state you’re in?”
We didn’t say time OUT, @charlierose, we said time is UP. As in, your time in front of the cameras is OVER. Any network or platform that feels otherwise knows it will trigger immediate ad boycotts. #TimesUp
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) April 26, 2018
What about the show where we hear from all the women whose careers were derailed by Charlie Rose & men like him?
…and the women who didn’t pursue the careers they wanted to because of men like Charlie Rose?
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 26, 2018
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