PBS host Tavis Smiley was suspended and his namesake nightly talk show yanked off the air following allegations of sexual misconduct with several subordinates.
He denies he did anything wrong.
He recently announced a deal for a new inspirational series called “The Upside With Tavis Smiley” to air in April on the Word Network, a religious broadcaster with cable and digital platforms aimed largely at an African American audience.
The veteran host and author kicked off a five-city tour of town halls titled “The Conversation: Women, Men and the Workplace,” in which he and a panel of experts and scholars address the #MeToo movement and what he termed the confusing and conflicting dynamics in the workplace between male and female employees.
He’s clearly out for payback…revenge.
Last month on “Good Morning America”, he didn’t deny that he had consensual sexual relationships with subordinates at the company he owns.
Apparently he’s OK with that. It’s common knowledge that every other boss gets nailed for that, but for Mr. Smiley it’s apparently no big deal.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in a statement provided after Smiley’s “Good Morning America” appearance, PBS was critical of the TV personality’s reaction to its investigation and reluctance to name the accusers. “Mr. Smiley claims he applauds women who have come forward, yet his company requires former and current employees to sign nondisclosure agreements,” the statement read. “Witnesses who have bravely come forward to speak with the independent investigators retained by PBS report a fear of retribution for speaking out. PBS stands by its decision to respect the anonymity of those who are afraid to come forward publicly.”
With Mr. Smiley, the word “pathological” comes to mind.