Tavis Smiley’s show suspended by PBS after allegations of sexual misconduct involving staff members arise

PBS “suspended distribution” of the “Tavis Smiley” as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct, Variety reported.


Allegations of sexual misconduct against tv host Tavis Smiley appeared on Wednesday, and PBS has since “suspended distribution” of his eponymous talk show, Variety reported.

His nightly program was broadcast on PBS since 2004. PBS does not produce, fund, or in the service Smiley or his staff, but it does distribute the “Tavis Smiley” program, depending on the outlet.

“Effective today, PBS is indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” an announcement from PBS said.

The company took the decision after an investigation into Smiley’s behavior “uncovered multiple, credible allegations of behaviour that is not in accordance with the values and standards of PBS,” the statement said.


Smiley allegedly had sexual relations with multiple staff members, a number of which allegedly had the feeling that their relationship with the TV host was connected with their employment status.

Some said Smiley’s behavior generated a hostile work setting, Variety reported.

The allegations are just the latest against a PBS star. Old talk show host Charlie Rose was fired from PBS and the CBS after a few women accused him of sexual harassment.

According to Different sources, said PBS has hired an outside law firm to conduct the investigation against Smiley, which consisted of interviews with 10 employees of TS Media, which in the past employees. The interviewees were allegedly from different genders, races, and employment roles within Smiley’s production company.

Representatives for Smiley did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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