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PBS Suspends Distribution of Smiley Show for Misconduct

PBS Suspends Distribution of Smiley Show for Misconduct

December 14, 2017 12:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Talk show host Tavis Smiley says PBS "overreacted" when it indefinitely suspended his show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host.

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In a Facebook post, Smiley says he has never harassed anyone and claimed one relationship the network uncovered was consensual.

Smiley also claims PBS "refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources."

His show's page at PBS was scrubbed on Thursday

Smiley has a development deal with Warner Bros. Television and was working with J.J. Abrams to turn his new book about Michael Jackson's last days and death into a limited TV series. Next month he is expected to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of a theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience" is based on Smiley's 2014 book of the same title and was to start Jan. 15, King's birthday.


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