"I can’t wait to see my friends at CTM who have been so gracious in sitting in for me and making up for the fact that I was not there, especially Gayle [King] and Norah [O’Donnell]," Rose said. "And a special thanks to Anthony Mason, who not only has done such a remarkable job filling in for me but also on my PBS show."
The renowned newsman also went on to thank his loyal viewers. "And for you -- all of you -- when I said that I was going in for the surgery I said to each of you, ‘stay close’ -- and boy, have you stayed close," he gushed. "The messages, the heartwarming well wishing, the sense of recover soon has all been memorable to me.”
Last month, Rose announced that he would be taking a hiatus from his television duties to see to some health issues.
“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,” he 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 also disclosed that he would be kept at the hospital for a few days following his surgery, and then would be “resting for a couple of weeks."
“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 of his break from CBS This Morning, 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 at the time. “Asking for all your good wishes! Counting days ‘til his return.”