Charlie Rose reappears with his first interview since the layoffs

Charlie Rose, whose journalism career imploded in 2017 due to sexual misconduct allegations, emerged Thursday by posting a lengthy interview he conducted with investor Warren Buffett online.

Rose said in a post on his website that he was proud to have had the recent conversation with Buffett. The 80-year-old journalist said it was the first interview he had conducted in over four years.

“It’s great to see you,” Rose told Buffett, the 91-year-old Berkshire Hathaway chef and one of the richest men in the world.

“It’s great to see you,” Buffett replied. Their conversation lasted 75 minutes and focused solely on Buffett. Rose’s experiences were not discussed.

Rose’s television talk show, which has aired on PBS since 1991, ended abruptly in November 2017 after the Washington Post published an article in which several women who had worked with him alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct that included groping and walking naked before them. .

He called a 21-year-old employee to share his fantasies of seeing her swim naked, the Post said in its investigation, published at the height of the #MeToo movement.

Rose apologized for his actions but it didn’t save his job. He was also fired from “CBS This Morning,” which he had co-hosted with Gayle King since 2012.

On her website, Rose called Buffett’s interview “a step on a journey to engage the most interesting people and explore the most compelling ideas in the world.”

In the interview, the pair talked about Buffett’s career, which began when he bought stock for $114.75 in 1942 when he was 11 years old. He described his typical day, which involved calling a colleague half an hour before the stock market opened to orient him on the business to be conducted, sometimes involving billions of dollars in buying and selling.

Buffett spoke about his company’s annual meeting on April 30, where he planned to speak and answer questions from thousands of his investors.

To that end, he brushed aside some of Rose’s specific questions, including when the interview touched on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

“It doesn’t do me any good — and it doesn’t do the world any good — to tell me about it,” Buffett said.

When asked how time has changed him, Buffett replied, “I got dumber but I got wiser.” He can’t add numbers as quickly, sometimes forgets names, and sometimes climbs up stairs and forgets what he came for. But in allocating capital, he said, “I can do… as well as ever.”

Not everyone on social media hailed Rose’s return, with some people posting old posts on Twitter about what he was accused of. Rebecca Carroll, author of “Surviving the White Gaze”, published her December 2017 Esquire article in which she wrote about the “toxic and demeaning” atmosphere she found when she was producer of the PBS show of Rose, and the ramifications of the #MeToo movement for black women.

“Powerful white men will always reappear,” Carroll wrote on Twitter. “They will always be fine.”

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