Gayle King talks to Stephen Colbert about 'very painful' Charlie Rose sexual misconduct claims

Gayle King admitted to Stephen Colbert that she almost canceled her appearance on Tuesday's The Late Show.

King told the late-night host that she knew she would have to further address the sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, who has co-anchored CBS This Morning alongside her and Norah O'Donnell since 2012.

Colbert applauded the 62-year-old newswoman for addressing the scandal head-on when she and O'Donnell appeared on CBS This Morning after eight women came forward accusing Rose of sexual misconduct. Rose has since been fired from CBS.

“It still isn't easy [to talk about]. It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful,” King said. “When you think about the anguish of those women, despite the friendship, you have to report the news.”

King also confessed that she was "wincing" during Colbert's monologue when he was making jokes about Rose. “You did your job this morning, and I did mine tonight,” Colbert responded, to which King agreed with him.

When asked if she was "angry" upon hearing of the allegations about her longtime colleague and friend, King confided, "I'm a variety of emotions. There's certainly some anger, there's some sadness, there's compassion, there's concern."

She added, "I can tell you I'm one thing. I'll tell you what I am is raw."

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NEW YORK, NY - November 15: Charlie Rose attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Double Helix Medals Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History Street on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - November 15: Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw and Bruce Stillman attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Double Helix Medals Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History Street on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Charlie Rose attends 'Fifty Years of 60 Minutes' book launch event at 92nd Street Y on November 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Former Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo and Charlie Rose attend the National Committee On American Foreign Policy 2017 Gala Awards Dinner on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for National Committee on American Foreign Policy )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell attend The Paley Center for Media Presents: The News is Back: CBS This Morning And The Morning Landscape at The Paley Center for Media on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Charlie Rose attends New York Magazine's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Katz's Delicatessen on October 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Charlie Rose during Tuesday's July 25 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: TV news personality Charlie Rose attends the 'Vice Special Report: A World In Disarray' New York Presentation at Time Warner Center on July 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose attend the 2017 CBS Upfront on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 8: Actor Reid Scott, second from right, who plays a CTM anchor on the show 'VEEP', shares a toast with true anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnel and Gayle King during Tuesday's show in New York (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Charlie Rose attends the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Charlie Rose attends 'The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017' at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King attend the 2017 American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Charlie Rose, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, speaks at the Fortune + Time Global Forum 2016 on December 2, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 5: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Charlie Rose during Friday's 01/06/16 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Event moderator Charlie Rose and TV news journalist and author Megyn Kelly attend the 'Settle For More' book promotion at Barnes & Noble Union Square on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Charlie Rose leads a political panel with CBS News Contributor Peggy Noonan, former NPR host Michele Norris and Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post for CBS News' Campaign: 2016 Election Night coverage on Nov. 8 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Charlie Rose anchors CBS News' Campaign: 2016 Election Night coverage on Nov. 8 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Charlie Rose attends 2016 Library Lions Gala at New York Public Library - Stephen A Schwartzman Building on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1: CBS This Morning: Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Journalist Charlie Rose speaks onstage during the International Women's Media Foundation's 27th Annual Courage In Journalism awards ceremony on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IWMF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Charlie Rose attends 27th Annual Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Journalists Charlie Rose (L) and Diane Rehm attend the International Women's Media Foundation's 27th Annual Courage In Journalism awards ceremony on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for IWMF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) Phil Knight, Tiger Woods, and Charlie Rose speak onstage during Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Public Library on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Journalist Charlie Rose and tennis player Maria Sharapova attend the Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Public Library on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the 2016 US Open Men's Singles champion, poses for a photograph after an interview by Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose Show during the Champions New York City Trophy Tour September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for ATP)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 6: Julie Chen and Aisha Tyler visit CBS This Morning with Co-Hosts Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and Norah O Donnell in New York to promote Season 7 of 'The Talk.' (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Charlie Rose, Christine Taylor and David Foster attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JULY 28: CBS THIS MORNING Co Hosts, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, and Gayle King cover the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JULY 20: CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Charlie Rose at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: John Dickerson, Gayle King, Scott Pelley, Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose report from the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 24: CBS THIS MORNING: Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Charlie Rose speaks onstage at THE CIRCUS FYC Panel presented by Showtime and the 92Y at the 92nd Street Y on May 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: (L-R) Discovery CEO David Zaslav, TV Personality Charlie Rose, Honoree Dr. John C. Malone and Lion Tree CEO Aryeh Bourkoff attend the 2016 UJA-Federation of New York's Leadership Awards Dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Journlist Charlie Rose attends The New Yorker's annual party kicking off The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Weekend hosted by David Remnick at W Hotel Rooftop on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Journalist Charlie Rose (L) and Gayle King attend The New Yorker's annual party kicking off The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Weekend hosted by David Remnick at W Hotel Rooftop on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Talk show host/ journalist Charlie Rose attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Journalists Norah O'Donnell (L) and Charlie Rose attend 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Journalist Charlie Rose ttends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Astronaut Scott Kelly, Charlie Rose and Donald Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: TV host Charlie Rose speaks on stage at CNN Films - Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent at TFF Panel & Party on April 16, 2016 in New York City. 26123_001_0167.JPG (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Journalist Charlie Rose attends as Marc Jacobs & Benedikt Taschen celebrate NAOMI at The Diamond Horseshoe on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs International, LLC)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Charlie Rose attends The Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: (L-R) Television producer Jennifer Konner, actress Lena Dunham and Charlie Rose attend the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 14: The Hollywood actor and director Sean Penn sat down with Charlie Rose on January 14, 2016 in Santa Monica, Calif. for his first interview about the controversy over his clandestine meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. It will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 12: Chris Licht and Charlie Rose speak onstage during the CBS/Showtime Television Group portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 12, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Charlie Rose attends 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 08: Charlie Rose, host of the Charlie Rose show, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 8, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the worlds wealthiest and most powerful business people from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 33nd year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: News anchor Charlie Rose poses for a portrait at The 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Peabody Awards)
NEW YORK - MAY 20: Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King broadcast CBS This Morning live from One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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King went on to praise the women who spoke up about their alleged uncomfortable experiences with Rose. "If anything changes in this, what I do hope is that people will speak up," she declared. "Women are no longer afraid to speak up, but the best part about it is they are now being believed."

After the Washington Post released an article on Monday where eight women accused Rose of sexual harassment, the 75-year-old newsman posted a statement on Twitter where he apologized. 

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” reads Rose's statement. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues. It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior."

The statement continues, "I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - JUNE 03: Co-Hosts Nacho Figueras and Gayle King attend The Tenth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park on June 3, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: (L-R) Gayle King and Allen Hughes attend the New York Screening of 'The Defiant Ones' at iPic Theater on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gayle King attends The Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Takes Root benefit dinner and auction supporting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Sotheby's on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Gayle King attends the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Gayle King attends the premiere of EPIX original documentary 'Serena' at SVA Theater on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Gayle King (L) and Tennis Player Serena Williams speak onstage during the EPIX New York Premiere of 'Serena' on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for EPIX)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Gayle King attends the 2016 Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Gayle King (R) poses for a selfie with Cory Nieves during Harlem EatUp!: The Saturday Stroll at Morningside Park on May 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV personality Gayle King and HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins attend a conversation with HBO's Sheila Nevins at the HBO Screening Room on May 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Peabody)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: (L-R) Janet Mock, Sheila Nevins, Gayle King, and Jenna Lyons attend Times Talks in Conversation at New York Society for Ethical Culture on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gayle King attends Times Talks in Conversation: Sheila Nevins with Gale King, Jenna Lyons and Janet Mock at New York Society for Ethical Culture on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Television personality Gayle King enters a Midtown Manhattan hotel on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Gayle King and Angie Martinez arrive to discuss her new book 'Voice Of New York' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on May 16, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey attend The Robin Hood Foundation's 2016 Benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Gayle King attends the Delta Dental Celebrity Green Room during the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Delta Dental)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Gayle King attends the Barnstable Brown House on May 6, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Gayle King attends the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Gayle King attends the Google/HBO celebration of 'All The Way' during White House Correspondents' weekend at the Renwick Gallery on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Google)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: TV Personality Gayle King attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Lucy Kaylan and Gayle King attend Tribeca Tune In: 'Greenleaf' Screening during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gayle King poses for a portrait during the Juror Welcome Lunch at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: 'CBS This Morning' Co-Hosts Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King and Executive Producer Ryan Kadro on the set of America's fastest growing morning news program. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Gayle King attends the 2016 Dress For Success Give Confidence, Hope & Style Gala at Grand Hyatt New York on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Gayle King is seen in Midtown on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Gayle King attends the 'Nothing Left Unsaid' premiere at Time Warner Center on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: TV personality Gayle King attends the 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on March 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Gayle King attends the 'Everything Is Copy Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted' sc at The Museum screening at Museum of Modern Art on March 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Co-anchor of CBS This Morning, Gayle King (L) and CEO of Absolut Elyx Jonas Tahlin attend as Harvey Weinstein hosts a celebration for Forest Whitaker in Eugene O'Neill's 'Hughie' at Elyx House NYC on February 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: TV personality Gayle King attends L. A. Reid in conversation with Gayle King with special guest Meghan Trainor at 92Y on February 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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