PBS Suspends Distribution of Smiley Show for Misconduct

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"PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley", the organization said in a statement.

Yesterday, Variety put out an exclusive statement about the suspension of Tavis Smiley's program from PBS over alleged sexual misconduct.

Tavis Smiley says PBS railroaded him during its investigation into claims he was having sex with staffers, and he's vowing to take a stand against the network's "overreaction".

Additionally, Smiley called the investigation performed by PBS "biased and sloppy".

According to the information shared to Variety, PBS hired a lawyer named Sarah Taylor Wirtz, from the firm MSK, to look into Smiley's history after hearing allegations of misconduct from staffers.

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"I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth".

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. "Nearly immediately following the meeting, this story broke in Varietyas an 'exclusive.' Indeed, I learned more about these allegations reading the Variety story than the PBS investigator shared with me, the accused, in our 3 hour face to face meeting", the statement continued.

In the vehicle with them traveling to their destination from the Bismarck airport was a woman that Jacques Hyzagi calls only Blanca - "a young woman that Tavis had picked up at the Orlando airport and brought along as a f-k buddy", Hyzagi wrote.

PBS responded to Smiley's accusations by saying it stands by the integrity of the investigation.

Smiley, 53, is the host of his own talk show, Tavis Smiley, which has aired on PBS for over a decade. One that did, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, said: "We just learned of these allegations and at this time will reserve comment".

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