CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose takes leave for surgery

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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 01: CBS This Morning anchors Norah O’Donnel, Charlie Rose and Gayle King attend Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala red carpet at Alice Tully Hall on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK CITY – CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose will be off the anchor desk for a few weeks. He’s going to have heart surgery.

He wrote a note, posted to cbsnews.com that reads in part:

So tomorrow, I will undergo surgery which will keep me at the hospital for a few days and then resting for a couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing you in March. In the meantime you are in great hands with my remarkable colleagues, Norah and Gayle backed by the best morning team anywhere.

Rose says he had his aorta valve replaced 15 years ago, but has now decided to have another replacement. He says the timings is his choice.

The note closes with this:

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.

Until then, stay close.

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