Mark Halperin in 2016. Photo: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP

Showtime's "The Circus" will permanently replace Mark Halperin, who was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment last October, with CBS anchor and former MSNBC host Alex Wagner. It's notable that Showtime is replacing Halperin with a female journalist, given the rise of sexual harassment allegations against men in power in both media and Hollywood.

Why it matters: There was uncertainty directly following the first CNN piece that detailed Halperin's abusive behavior in October about whether the show would return. Halperin and his longtime co-writer John Heilemann lost their book deal with Penguin Press, and their miniseries deal with HBO.

Go Deeper: The New York Times has an interview with "The Circus" co-host Mark McKinnon and Showtime's chief executive David Nevins.

"We all strongly believe that the success of the show is not based on the co-hosts — it's based on the concept... No one co-host was irreplaceable."

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Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.