PBS Pulls Tavis Smiley's Talk Show After Misconduct Allegations

Danny Woods
December 15, 2017

Talk show host Tavis Smiley pushed back against allegations of sexual misconduct after PBS suspended the distribution of his namesake show on Wednesday, citing "multiple, credible allegations of conduct" that it said were inconsistent with its values. Additionally, Variety reports, witnesses said that Smiley had created "a verbally abusive and threatening environment" for his employees.

PBS is the distributor for Smiley's show, but it's produced by TS Media, Smiley's production company.

"The investigation found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates, sources said".

'This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley, ' the statement said.

Filmed in Los Angeles, Smiley's half-hour show has been distributed by PBS since 2004 and airs in Southern California, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and in other areas of the country.

Yet another big name in broadcasting has been accused of sexual conduct, as Tavis Smiley, 53, and his eponymous nightly PBS talk show have been suspended by the network. "To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years".

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This has gone too far.

"Put simply, PBS overreacted and conducted a biased and sloppy investigation, which led to a rush to judgment, and trampling on a reputation that I have spent an entire lifetime trying to establish", Smiley said".

He has written numerous non-fiction books including titles such as Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe and Make a Difference (2000), Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America (2002), What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America (2006) and Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure (2011).

Another popular personality of PBS who is facing sexual misconduct accusations has been fired just a few week after Charlie Rose was sacked for the very same reason.

Smiley's written statement was accompanied by a video of him addressing the allegations.

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