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Last week , Variety reported that PBS suspended Tavis Smiley from his half-hour interview program due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Tavis was accused of sexual relations with “multiple subordinates” and “some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.” Tavis was also accused of creating a threatening and verbally abusive work environment.

In a Monday interview with Good Morning America, Smiley spoke out about the allegations, denying any wrongdoing, “I have never groped, I have never coerced, I have never exposed myself inappropriately.”

Tavis did admit to having consensual relationships in the work place and slammed PBS for never giving him a chance to prove the relationships were consensual.

“PBS only agreed to talk to me after weeks of investigation, which they didn’t tell me about… PBS never informed me that a complaint was even alleged.”

He also said, “After finding out about it, my attorneys contacted the PBS investigators and offered to have them come talk to me, whatever they wanted. They did this for weeks and refused to talk to me. They were prepared to close this investigation without talking to me. Only under the threat of a lawsuit did they sit down and talk to me.”

He revealed when PBS met with him, the network didn’t tell him who the accusers were nor the allegations. Allegedly, PBS didn’t talk to any of his current staff. Tavis claimed within two hours after the meeting was over, his suspension was posted on Variety.

On the accusations that he created an abusive work environment, Tavis said at times the work was intense but, “I am not an angry Black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn’t fit.”

Tavis said he will fight for reputation and “PBS made a huge mistake here. They need to fix this, they need to correct it.” Watch the full interview above.



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15 thoughts on “Tavis Smiley: “PBS Made a Huge Mistake”

  1. Tavis disappointed me during a time we needed his voice for Obama but u want us to hear you out. I’m out but I pray it’s not true about you

  2. For anyone to relate this situation to karma or his position on Pres. Obama is absurd.  This is about his right to due process–Period.  So far, during his interviews, Tavis has knocked out the credibility of the allegations and PBS blow by blow.  PBS has yet to specifically detail the “misconduct” or point out his accusers. How do you charge someone with a crime without telling them the crime they committed?  How do you make accusations against someone and deny them their right to defend themselves? It is totally senseless.  Unlike countless others, Tavis is fighting back and rightfully so.  If they can do it to Bill Cosby, Tavis or anyone else, rest assured it can happen to any one of us, and that is very dangerous.  As we have all seen, people have spent their lives imprisoned due to false charges and accusations only to be exonerated 20, 30 years later.  So, this is not a game.  Having a sexual relationship with a co-worker may be frowned upon, and that’s a legitimate stance, but it is not a criminal act.   

    • MariAnne Bolton on said:

      TO KHAFEE: No matter what you say, KARMA IS STILL A B****!!! I didn’t say the accusations were true (I hope they are not true). I simply said KIAB. And you and no one on this earth can change the fact that KIAB. If you don’t believe that, just go out and mistreat people, or do others some harm, and I assure you that you will experience that “KIAB” before you leave this earth – I don’t care if you live to be 100 yrs. old. KIAB

      • To MariAnne Bolton:  Yes, karma is real, and I happen to think that Tavis was a bit over critical of Obama. But, I’m not so disturbed by it that I think he deserves to be unjustly punished and disgraced for it. That is what you’re comments suggest and it is ridiculous.  You are held accountable (or you should be) for the offense that you committed.  It is very serious when accusations and charges can be made against you, resulting in losses from your reputation to your livelihood and you are not given due process to properly defend yourself. That is insane.  When this can happen to celebrities and people of power and means, it can happen to average people like you and I that don’t have the wealth and resources to vigorously defend ourselves.  So, again, this is NOT about something as trivial as karma.  This about protecting and defending the rights that people are entitled to.

    • Exactly! Supervisors should NEVER have a sexual relationship with a subordinate. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    Tavis Smiley: “PBS Made a Huge Mistake”
    No Mr. Smiley you’ve made a huge mistake, you let your d**k and your ego get you in trouble believing the white folks won’t fire you because you hate President Obama. And sadly there will be no black outrage for your firing we won’t rally or protest to save your sorry ass or your job.

  4. Fight Tavis if you are telling the truth. I am tired at this point of people putting everything under the same roof (I see some people in the Dems are regretting letting go AL Franken). Also, ANYONE who gets GLORIA ALRED or her daughter LISA BLOOM to represent them and then hold a press conference lose creditability with me.

  5. Marianne, you said it all !!! I will add one more thing, neither Travis or “ brother” Cornell west ever showed much love for our first black prez… Karma is a bit*ch !!!!!!

  6. MariAnne Bolton on said:

    KARMA IS A BIT** (KIAB)!! Mr. Smiley, maybe NOW you see how it feels to be ridiculed by your own people. You and your friend, Dr. West, couldn’t find room in your hearts to honor your brother, Pres. Obama, not even once. And, by the way, I haven’t heard a peep out of you and Dr. West about this new man sitting in the White House. . . I wonder why . . . .are you afraid?? KIAB

  7. Deanna Friel on said:

    avis Smiley, who was recently called out by PBS over “troubling allegations” about his conduct, staunchly defended his behavior and his integrity Monday and upbraided the network that suspended the distribution of his show. Thank you for sharing your article about Tavis Smiley: “PBS Made a Huge Mistake” If you interested to know more information please visit http://onedaytop.com/trump-says-wont-hearth-mueller-marketing-campaign-discredit-russia-probe-heats/

  8. But yet Tavis changed his story, he first claimed that he only had sexual contact with one woman now he told ABC that he’s ran through several women on the job. I knew PBS didnt fire him over one sexual encounter with one woman, if you’re on the job smashing random women that is a fireable offense you’re abusing your power for sex, because the minute you hurt someone feelings it opens the door for lawsuits & puts the firm at risk. That’s the arrogance of men in high places, although I do believe that some of these women #the me tooer’s” are lying.

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