PBS Halts "Tavis Smiley" Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Suspends Host

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Tavis Smiley's late night talk show on PBS was suspended by the network Wednesday following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to sources, the investigation launched by Wirtz found credible information that Smiley engaged in sexual relationships with many of his subordinates. Some witnesses said in reports that their employment levels in Smiley's organization were associated with their sexual relationship with the former PBS host.

PBS said in a statement Wednesday it had engaged an outside law firm to investigate "troubling allegations" against the host.

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

Prior to his work at PBS, Smiley hosted a TV show in Black Entertainment Television in 1996, was a commentator for ABC News and CNN, and became the first black man to host a show on National Public Radio, according to CNN Money. Hyzagi wrote that "Tavis' misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners".

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A spokesperson for PBS said in a statement, "Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company".

Hyzagi said Smiley's "misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners", and mentioned how the host referred to a woman he picked up in an Orlando airport as a "fuck buddy".

His nightly program has aired on PBS since 2004.

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).

"I learned of the investigation when former staffers started contacting me to share the uncomfortable experience of receiving a phone call from a stranger asking whether I had ever done anything to make them uncomfortable, and if they could provide other names of persons to call", Smiley added.

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