Gayle King reacts to John Dickerson replacing Charlie Rose as co-host of 'CBS This Morning' (Exclusive)

CBS News announced on Tuesday that John Dickerson has been named co-host of CBS This Morning, replacing Charlie Rose, who was fired in Novemberamid multiple sexual harassment allegations.

The 49-year-old journalist begins his new position on Wednesday, joining his fellow hosts, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell.

ET spoke to King on Tuesday, who was thrilled at the choice.

"I think it's so great it's our sixth anniversary and we're starting a new chapter and new beginning. I think it's a time to celebrate," she said. "John Dickerson .... has a very big following and he's super smart, so he comes with the political gravitas and he's a best-selling author. Last time I checked, he was on People magazine for the most beautiful people list. I don't know if that qualifies you to anchor the news, but it doesn't hurt to have someone good to look at. He is very excited about joining Norah and I, and we are excited to welcome him to the table."

"The format has always been designed for three people," she also noted of the popular morning show. "I actually like the three-people format. I think Norah and I are a great team and I think we have proven that, but I also like the addition of a male to the table. I personally like that, but it was always designed to have three people, and after six years, it's working so well. I didn't think anybody thought the need to change that."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: John Dickerson is seen on August 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Jeff Sessions Testimony. Scott Pelley, John Dickerson, and Jan Crawford. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: CBS News Contributor Bob Schieffer, CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Gayle King, CBS EVENING NEWS Anchor Scott Pelley, CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Norah O'Donnell, FACE THE NATION Anchor John Dickerson and CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Charlie Rose anchor 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 - JUNE 13: CBS NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Jeff Sessions Testimony. Scott Pelley, John Dickerson, and Jan Crawford. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: FACE THE NATION Anchor and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson 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)
HEMPSTEAD - SEPTEMBER 26: FACE THE NATION Anchor and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson broadcasts live from Hofstra University for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 8: St. Louis, Missouri -- CBS News' 'Face the Nation' broadcasts from Washington University in St. Louis ahead of the second presidential debate on the Sunday, October 9, 2016. Pictured: Face the Nation host John Dickerson. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
HEMPSTEAD - SEPTEMBER 26: CBS EVENING NEWS Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley and FACE THE NATION Anchor and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson broadcast live from Hofstra University for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 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)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: FACE THE NATION Anchor and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson reports from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 18, 2016. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 7: John Dickerson interviews Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview that will air on the Sunday, June 12, 2016 edition of 'Face the Nation.' (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 18: John Dickerson, host of Face the Nation, finishes the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Anacostia Park, May 18, 2016. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was the fastest runner in Congress. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
GREENVILLE - FEBRUARY 12: CBS NEWS CAMPAIGN 2016 - CBS News Debate Moderator and FACE THE NATION anchor John Dickerson prepares for the upcoming CBS News Republican Presidential Debate at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, February 13, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 11: CBS News Political Director and FACE THE NATION anchor John Dickerson prepares for the CBS News Republican Presidential Debate to be held at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, February 13, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 11: CBS News Political Director and FACE THE NATION anchor John Dickerson prepares for the CBS News Republican Presidential Debate to be held at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, February 13, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 14: 'Face the Nation' anchor John Dickerson (L) listens to a crewmember prior to a presidential debate sponsored by CBS at Drake University on November 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley participated in the party's second presidential debate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 26: John Dickerson, moderator of 'Face the Nation' on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 8: The ladies of The Talk visit CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Norah O\'Donnell, John Dickerson and Gayle King, shown. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 10: CBS News Panel speaking to the TCA Summer Press Tour 2015 on Monday August 10, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Pictured: David Rhodes, President, CBS News and John Dickerson, Anchor, 'Face The Nation', Political Director for CBS News. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
DES MOINES - NOVEMBER 14: CBS News Political Director and FACE THE NATION anchor John Dickerson moderates the CBS News Democratic Presidential Debate at Drake University Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, November 14, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: Journalist/Host John Dickerson arrives at the CBS, CW And Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
MANCHESTER - JUNE 5: John Dickerson interviews Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) in Manchester, NH on June 5, 2015. The interview will air on the June 7, 2015 edition of 'Face the Nation'. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 3: Leading up to the launch of his first broadcast as anchor of FACE THE NATION on June 7, 2015, John Dickerson talks with CBS stations around the country about politics, his role on the broadcast and more. (Photo by Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Political director for CBS News, John Dickerson attends the 2015 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 29: John Dickerson, new host of CBS' 'Face the Nation' who takes over the job June 7th, on the set on May, 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 4: CBS NEWS 2014 Election Coverage; John Dickerson comments on the various races. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 6: CBS EVENING NEWS -- John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director at CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley with 2012 Election Coverage from New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
TAMPA - AUGUST 27: CBS News Political Analyst John Dickerson covers the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida held August 27-20th., airing on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
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Dickerson has been working with CBS News since April 2009 as an analyst and contributor. He served as the network’s political director for six years and was named moderator of Face the Nation in 2015. The seasoned newsman is also the author of two books and a contributor for The Atlantic, and has multiple podcasts, including Whistlestop -- which chronicles great moments in the nation’s history -- and Slate Political Gabfest, a political podcast. 

Dickerson will be leaving his position at Face of the Nation to co-host CBS This Morning, and his successor has yet to be announced.

“On the campaign trail, I’ve collected compliments about CBS This Morning's commitment to the news for years now,” Dickerson said in a statement on Tuesday. “Every time I’ve been on the show, I haven’t wanted the conversation with Norah and Gayle to end when my segment does. Now it doesn’t have to.”

“John’s impressive track record and strong all-around journalism extends our commitment to real news coverage every morning at CBS News,”  David Rhodes, President of CBS News, also said in a statement. “Gayle and Norah continue to show tremendous leadership on our morning broadcast each day. Colleagues, newsmakers and peers all appreciate the depth and context John Dickerson brings to every discussion of the day’s events – together with his co-hosts, he will project our best values on every broadcast.”

Rose, 76, was accused of sexual harassment by eight women -- including groping, lewd phone calls and nudity -- in a Washington Post report published in November. The accusers all said they were former employees or aspiring employees of Rose, and that the alleged incidents occurred in the late 1990s to as recently as 2010.

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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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Rose apologized in a statement, though also said he didn't believe that all of the allegations were accurate.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," he said. "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."

“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too," he continued. "All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."

King and O'Donnell reacted to the news on-air, clearly shaken by the accusations against their longtime co-worker.

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