Tavis Smiley’s show is finished. PBS got rid of the late-night show host after an investigation surrounding supposed misconduct. PBS wrote a statement which was released to several organizations in which they stated they have suspended his programming effective immediately.
In their document, the enterprise revealed after they became aware of “troubling” allegations, PBS had no choice but to cancel the show permanently.
The charges led to the network hiring an impartial law agency unaffiliated with PBS to investigate the claims against him. Additionally, the accusations are “credible” and not suitable to the moral code of the company.
However, Smiley has yet to address the allegations. In a report from Variety, representatives for Tavis have not spoken with any publications and E! News as well has reached out to the company to get a statement.
Variety claims Tavis had “sexual relationships” with several employees beneath him in the chain-of-command. According to the law firm who investigated, the people in question were made to believe their employment depended on a sexual relationship with the host.
Furthermore, Tabis allegedly made “verbally abusive” comments and inadvertently created a toxic work environment. Individuals who accused Tavis of the transgressions feared repercussions, leading to their silence on the matter for a long time.
Tavis’ long reign on the network appears to be over. He got his start on the mega-network in 2004, The Tavis Smiley Show, which typically aired on weeknights. Additionally, the star has his radio show called the Tavis Smiley Show which ran for eight years.
Not only did he take on hosting roles, but he even appeared on reality TV. Tavis made his way on to the set of Dancing With The Stars along with Sharna Burgess on the 19th season.
Unfortunately, for PBS, this isn’t the first time they’ve had to deal with such circumstances. Recently, they fired Charlie Rose for sexual misconduct. Charlie allegedly put women in inappropriate and uncomfortable sexual situations, such as walking around naked in front of them.