Talk show host Tavis Smiley pushed back against allegations of sexual misconduct after PBS suspended the distribution of his namesake show on Wednesday, citing “multiple, credible allegations of conduct” that it said were inconsistent with its values.
“I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth,” Smiley said in a statement released on Facebook after the suspension was announced. “To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years.
“This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back,” he added.
Smiley, named one of TIME’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World” in 2009, said he was “shocked” by the suspension and accused the network of “trampling” his reputation.
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) December 14, 2017
“If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us,” he said.
“The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, refused to provide me the…
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