Rush Limbaugh took glee in attacking Charlie Rose’s CBS sidekicks as news spread that the veteran newsman had been fired by the network and his interview show canceled by PBS.

Rose has apologized over allegations of sex harassment and tawdry behavior with women over the years, as revealed by The Washington Post.

On Tuesday, Limbaugh said on his radio show:

“Today on the CBS early morning show… you had Gayle King on. We’ve got audio coming up. You had Gayle King on there and Norah O’Donnell [pretends to cry] and they’re crying and they’re wringing their hands. It’s all so terrible. Oh my god. [end mock crying]

“And they’re apologizing to everybody. You telling me they didn’t know? They claim they didn’t know. How can that be? They’re journalists. They’re supposed to be curious. How can they not know? If they didn’t, fine. If they did know and decided, ‘We can’t do anything with this. Charlie’s our guy, he’s on our show here. He’s one of us. Got to protect us and so forth.’

“But if they did know, what does it say about the phony tears today? If they knew, their tears were phony.”

On “CBS This Morning,” O’Donnell said: “This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive. … This has to end. This behavior is wrong. Period.”

King, who said she had gotten less ha two hours’ sleep, called the Post article “deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read. I am deeply rocked by this.”

Reactions were as swift as the firing.

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