Charlie Rose Taking a Break From ‘CBS This Morning’ to Undergo Heart Surgery

Portraits of Charlie Rose on the set of his talk show for PBS and Charlie Rose Weekend, taken on December 11,2013. (Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger.)

Veteran media fixture Charlie Rose will temporarily vacate his anchor position on CBS This Morning to undergo voluntary heart surgery.

The 75-year-old revealed his intention to take a break from the CBS news desk in a note posted on the outlet’s website, in which he cited an aging aorta valve — one doctors replaced 15 years ago — as the reason behind the decision.

“To continue to live this amazing life so full of challenges and friends, including so many of you in the audience, I have chosen to replace the valve with a new one. The timing is my choice,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life’s pleasures high. Until then, stay close.”

Rose speculated the Thursday surgery will keep him in the hospital for several days and away from his post at CBS This Morning for several weeks, though he aims to return in March.

According to Variety, a rotating group of CBS News figures will fill in for Rose alongside fellow anchors Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King as he recovers, namely Josh Elliott and Anthony Mason, who’ve regularly substituted on the program in the past.

Outside his CBS This Morning gig, Rose is a regular contributor to CBS’ long-running show 60 Minutes in addition to hosting the nightly Charlie Rose Show on PBS and Bloomberg Television since its premiere in 1991. His September 2013 interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad earned Rose a Peabody Award that same year. Additionally, Rose won a Business and Financial Reporting Emmy in 2003 — 16 years after scoring a News & Documentary Emmy for his work on CBS News Nightwatch.

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly, Joey Nolfi