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PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After Sexual Harassment Claims

14 Décembre 2017

According to Variety, PBS has suspended distribution of the independently produced Tavis Smiley show following an internal investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against host Tavis Smiley. Smiley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The pubcaster said that an inquiry into Tavis Smiley, who has fronted the LA-produced show for almost 14 years, "uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS". The interviewees were reportedly of different genders, races and employment roles within Smiley's production company.

"The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision", a statement from PBS reads.

Former Tavis Smiley producer Jacquez Hyzagi hinted at allegations of misconduct in a February essay for the Observer that described a supervising producer as Smiley's "alleged occasional love interest".

A representative for PBS declined to specify the nature of the allegations against Smiley.

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Tavis Smiley has been airing weeknights on PBS for 14 years.

Variety first reported the news about Smiley, whose show has been aired by PBS since 2004. Walmart is among the sponsors that help fund the show, according to the show's website.

Smiley now has a development deal with Warner Bros.

Just last month, the public broadcaster also cut ties with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his eponymous shows, Charlie Rose and Charlie Rose The Week, after multiple accusations of sexual harassment against the host were made public by The Washington Post.

PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley After Sexual Harassment Claims