Tavis Smiley’s PBS Show Pulled From Air Amid ‘Credible’ Misconduct Allegations

Broadcaster announces suspension of veteran host’s independently produced late-night talk show

Last Updated: December 13, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

PBS has “indefinitely” suspended Tavis Smiley’s talk show program after sexual misconduct allegations against the host.

“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” a PBS spokesperson told TheWrap. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. 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.”

Variety reported that MSK is the outside law firm referenced in PBS’ statement, and that their investigation found Smiley engaged in sexual relationships with his subordinates after 10 reports from witnesses, men and women, of varying employment levels. Most were former staffers, according to Variety.

TheWrap has reached out to Smiley’s rep for further comment.

Smiley has hosted “Tavis Smiley” since 2004.