PBS suspends Tavis Smiley’s Talk Show present amid allegations of misconduct

Writer and speak present host Tavis Smiley, pictured talking at a New York e-book expo on Might 29, 2014.

After PBS mentioned it had suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley’s speak present on account of “a number of, credible allegations” of misconduct by its host, Smiley accused the community of conducting a “biased and sloppy investigation, which led to a rush to judgment and trampling” on his fame.

PBS mentioned it had engaged an out of doors regulation agency to analyze “troubling allegations” in opposition to the host, it mentioned in a Wednesday assertion.

“This investigation included interviews with witnesses in addition to with Mr. Smiley,” the assertion mentioned. “The inquiry uncovered a number of, credible allegations of conduct that’s inconsistent with the values and requirements of PBS, and the totality of this data led to at this time’s resolution.”

A consultant for PBS declined to specify the character of the allegations in opposition to Smiley.

“I’ve the utmost respect for ladies and have fun the braveness of those that have come forth to inform their fact,” Smiley mentioned in a written assertion, which was accompanied by a social media videothrough which he addressed the digital camera instantly. “To be clear, I’ve by no means groped, coerced, or uncovered myself inappropriately to any office colleague in my total broadcast profession, masking 6 networks over 30 years. By no means. Ever. By no means.”

Smiley’s nightly program has aired on PBS since 2004.

“If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years in the past is the stuff that results in this sort of public humiliation and private destruction, heaven assist us,” his assertion mentioned.

He added, “This has gone too far. And, I, for one, intend to battle again.”