PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley's Talk Show After 'Multiple, Credible' Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Travis Smiley's late-night talk show has been suspended by PBS.
The 53-year-old is the new television personality to take the fall following allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement, the network revealed that it has conducted its investigation and found evidence that support the claims.
"Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Travis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company," a spokesperson said. "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley."
The network's spokesperson added that the investigation included interviews with witnesses. Smiley was also interviewed by the law firm regarding the reported incidents.
Abuse Of Authority
According to reports, the investigation found that the television personality has engaged in sexual relationships with staff. Some of those who were interviewed were concerned that their relationship with the talk shows host is tied to the status of their employment. For the rest, the celebrity allegedly created an abusive and threatening environment for his subordinates.
The host's camp has not issued a statement at the time of this writing.
Smiley started hosting his late-night show, Travis Smiley, in 2004. It airs from Monday to Friday on PBS.
Last month, another PBS personality, Charlie Rose, was also fired after multiple allegations of his sexual misconduct have come to light. Eight women who either worked with or aspired to work for Rose's self-titled show claimed that the TV personality groped them, made lewd phone calls, and made other unwanted sexual advances.
The 75-year-old was initially suspended by the network. In a statement published on social media, he apologized for his actions.
My statement in full. pic.twitter.com/3kvFrqF2dT
— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017
In August, Fox also suspended news reporter Eric Bolling because of sexual harassment allegations made against him. The host of Fox News sent unsolicited photos of his genitalia and other lewd messages to colleagues, according to a dozen sources.
Hollywood Royalties Fall
Smiley, Rose, and Bolling are only a few of the prominent celebrities who are embroiled in sexual misconduct scandals in the entertainment industry. After several women, including actors, have exposed decades of sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has been in a "purge," with celebrated movie and TV personalities getting knocked off from their pedestals every week.
The likes of two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K., singer Melanie Martinez, television producer Andrew Kreisberg, director Brett Ratner, and more were accused of different forms of sexual misconduct.