“Almost 15 years ago skilled surgeons replaced my aorta valve with a new replacement valve. It has served me well enabling me to live the vigorous, full, complete life you are all so familiar with. No one loves life more than I do,” Rose explained in a statement. “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.”
Rose went on to disclose that he will be kept at the hospital for a few days following his surgery, and then will be “resting for a couple of weeks” before his return to the show in March.
“In the meantime you are in great hands with my remarkable colleagues, Norah [O’Donnell] and Gayle [King] backed by the best morning team anywhere,” he continued. “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.”
After Rose broke the news, King took to Instagram to send some well wishes to her co-anchor. “By now you've heard news TV ‘huz-bin’ @charlierose having a heart procedure,” she wrote. “Asking for all your good wishes! Counting days ‘til his return.”