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Tavis Smiley fires back at sexual harassment allegations: 'PBS made a huge mistake' {VIDEO}

Tavis Smiley issues video response to claims of sexual misconductPHOTO: Tavis Smiley defended himself against sexual harassment accusations during a live interview on Good Morning America on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Talk-show host taxis smileydefended himself again against sexual misconduct allegations today, saying, "PBS made a huge mistake here."

PBS suspended the distribution of his namesake talk show earlier this month after an investigation, citing "multiple, credible allegations," the network told ABC News in a statement.

A PBS spokesperson said, "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."

During a live sit-down interview on "Good Morning America" today, Smiley, 53, said, "I've never groped, I've never coerced" female staffers into sexual relations "in 30 years over six different networks."

He added, "I celebrate and applaud these women who had the courage to come out," but he's concerned that because of the recent climate, "people end up being guilty simply by accusations."

Smiley had relationships with women while working on "The Tavis Smiley Show," he said, adding he can prove they were consensual "with letters, cards, gifts and, certainly, photographs."

He noted that one woman with whom he had a romantic relationship still works for him now.

"I certainly understand people can have a viewpoint any consensual relationship in the workplace is wrong ... but there are also other points of view on this," he said. "While we don't encourage [them] ... we don't forbid them."


PHOTO: Tavis Smiley responded to sexual harassment claims during a live interview on Good Morning America on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.


He added that during those relationships, he never instructed the "team" that runs his company on any employment matters.

"I never gave any favoritism upward or downward," he said.

Smiley also pushed back on claims that he has created a hostile work environment, saying, "I have feelings. I have emotions, and when the ball gets dropped," he has had to pick it back up.

"The environments are intense at times," he said. "I'm not an angry black man, and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn't fit."

After the investigation, Smiley said, he was unsure whether he would return to PBS, which distributes his talk show.

"PBS made a huge mistake here. They need to fix it. They need to correct it," he said. "I'm going to do anything to protect my reputation."


PHOTO: Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley hosts a PBS Special Courting Justice at Loyola Law School, June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles.

PBS responded to Smiley's appearance on "GMA," writing in a statement, "Tavis Smiley needs to get his story straight."

"First, today on 'Good Morning America,' Mr. Smiley acknowledged he has had multiple sexual encounters with his employees, then struggled to recall the number of current employees with whom he has had sex. This contradicts his Facebook post from last week, where he cited only one previous relationship with an employee. Mr. Smiley even told viewers, 'I don't know where your heart's going to lead you.' PBS is certain that it should not lead to multiple sexual relationships between the owner of a company and subordinates over many years, particularly where employment decisions may be linked to sex.

"Second, Mr. Smiley claims he applauds women who have come forward, yet his company requires former and current employees to sign nondisclosure agreements. 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. Additional allegations are continuing to come to light since last week's announcement.

"In contrast, PBS has been consistent: PBS stands by the integrity of its investigation, which has been conducted by an outside firm with expertise in such matters. Mr. Smiley's own words today, coupled with the information discovered during the investigation, confirms PBS' decision to indefinitely suspend the distribution of 'Tavis Smiley.'"


PHOTO: Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, April 27, 2016.

Smiley previously denied the allegations and criticized the investigation in a video posted to Facebook.

"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. "This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back."

"The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, 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," Smiley added. "Their mind was made up."

But in a separate statement, PBS defended its investigation.

"Following receipt of a complaint, PBS hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation, and we stand by its integrity. The totality of the investigation, which included a three-hour interview of Mr. Smiley, revealed multiple sexual relationships with subordinates over many years and other acts that together constitute a pattern of conduct inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS," a network spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.


PHOTO: Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, April 27, 2016. Rich Fury/Invision/AP, FILE
Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, April 27, 2016.

A sponsor of his talk show, Walmart, paused its relationship with him in light of the investigation.

"We take these issues very seriously and are troubled by the recent allegations," the company said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "As a result, we are suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation."

Walmart was also backing Smiley's upcoming touring show, "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience," based on his 2014 book of the same name. The show, centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., was expected to reach 40 cities nationwide until it was canceled by its production company, Mills Entertainment, according to a statement obtained by ABC News.

A statement from the company read, "In light of the recent allegations concerning Tavis Smiley, Mills Entertainment will not be moving forward with the 'Death of a King' project at this time. We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions."

"The Tavis Smiley Show" has aired on PBS for 14 seasons.

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Tavis Smiley is denying any wrongdoing after PBS suspended distribution of his nightly talk show over claims of sexual misconduct.
“On the eve of the 15th season and 3,000th episode of my nightly talk show, I was as shocked as anyone else by PBS’ announcement today. Variety knew before I did,” Smiley said in a video message response.

“I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years.

“Never. Ever. Never.”

In a statement released Wednesday, PBS said that it launched an independent investigation through a law firm that included interviews with the accusers and Smiley.

Smiley, however, says he knew of no investigation until former staffers began reaching out to him after they received phone calls from investigators trying to determine if Smiley had been inappropriate on the job.

“After 14 seasons, that’s how I learned of this inquiry, from the streets,” Smiley added. “Only after being threatened with a lawsuit, did PBS investigators reluctantly agree to interview me for three hours.”

Smiley does, however, admit to previously having a “consensual relationship” with a colleague.

“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.

He continues:

The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, 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. Their mind was made up. Almost immediately following the meeting, this story broke in Variety as an ‘exclusive.’ Indeed, I learned more about these allegations reading the Variety story than the PBS investigator shared with me, the accused, in our 3 hour face to face meeting.

Smiley slammed PBS’ “sloppy investigation” and accused the network of overreacting.

Their “rush to judgment,” he said, is “trampling on a reputation that I have spent an entire lifetime trying to establish.”

“This has gone too far. And, I, for one, intend to fight back,” he adds. “It’s time for a real conversation in America, so men and women know how to engage in the workplace. I look forward to actively participating in that conversation.

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Comment by evolution on December 21, 2017 at 5:57am

Damn Coon! 

Comment by Joe Rhino on December 20, 2017 at 2:30am

CARMA:

Mr. Smiley (& Dr. C. West) was extremely hostile and aggressive towards President Obama. That gave Mr. Smiley notoriety with PBS. In my opinion, he was PBS's TOKEN; UNCLE TOM; CLARENCE THOMAS!!! 

Did Mr. Smiley think they would spare him after firing Charlie Rose? I guess Mr. Smiley is very uncomfortable being on the other side. This PBS Puppet will not get any sympathy from me. What goes around comes around. 

Comment by El-Bull on December 18, 2017 at 9:27pm

AfricanGoddess SINCE YOU LIKE TO QUOTING PEOPLE TO JUSTIFY YOUR WARPED PERSPECTIVE: "@El Bull Just saw your first comment... A bitter person with an agenda doesn't care about policy/procedure at the end of the day,they are going to bypass all the rules or lack thereof in some cases to get what they want." ---WHERE IS THERE ANY IMPLICATION I AM BITTER? PROBLEM IS, YOU'RE SIDING WITH WHITE WOMEN WHO WILL USE AND SPIT YOU OUT IN THE END? i ask you where are the black black women who have suffered the same? I AM REALISTIC AND LOGICAL WHEREAS YOU'RE RUNNING ON EMOTION----THIS METOO MOVEMENT BY WHITE WOMEN THAT BLACK TOOLS LIKE YOU ARE FEEDING IN TOO AMOUNTS TO THE NEW McCARTHYISM AND YOU'RE NOT INCLUDES AS MUCH AS YOU FIGHT FOR THESE WHITE WOMEN WHO DON'T LIKE AND ARE JEALOUS OF YOU FROM FROM THE START-----OH, HOLD UP---I FORGOT YOU'RE WHITE TROLLING  BLACK SITE----FCK AM I EVEN TALKING TO YOU FOR, INFILTRATOR

Comment by Mr. Johnson on December 18, 2017 at 7:59pm
Tavis remember your a black man in Amerikkka. Choose your battles carefully.
Comment by AfricanGoddess on December 18, 2017 at 5:01am

Comment by El-Bull 4 hours ago
"AfricanGoddess Everything you say is true, however there was no policy/procedure against having relationships with co-workers/cohorts. He did nothing wrong in that sense and this metoo agenda is nothing but a witch hunt meant to destroy men in positions of power and prestige. As well you spend much of your time on the job where relationships are formed and many people meet their future spouses. Why don't we just go back to the days of----women stayed home and watched the lids, had babies, cooked etc----TO blame him ONLY absolves women of being held accountable for their roles in these issues, after all it takes two.."

@El Bull
Just saw your first comment...
A bitter person with an agenda doesn't care about policy/procedure at the end of the day,they are going to bypass all the rules or lack thereof in some cases to get what they want.

Guess what? Sadly for healthy male and female relationships and or co workers who have good friendships...this witch hunt isn't going to end any day soon.
Seem ,we could be heading back to women staying home. I can see some men not wanting to have females co workers in the future,just to be on cautionary side and in avoiding these problems. Disturbing for all sides!

Comment by AfricanGoddess on December 18, 2017 at 2:48am

@El Bull
In all honesty,I'm not sure why any black female would be joining a bunch of feminazis or jump on this bandwagon... it's not like we are going to be included in their end game.*shrug*    I guess to feel accepted by them? We have a tendency to protect others,so playing this role?  Maybe, they are not truly aware of these entitled feminist agenda? ... ok,I'm baffled. They are god to some of us?  I can't come up with a good reason here! Definitely,can't be sisterhood... smdh

Now,if black women have legit complaints of their own,by all means speak up and it shouldn't take white females to do so ...other than that,stop being idiotic tools.

"I ASK YOU: Why is it we are not hearing about Black women being sexually harassed and violated as they are the most abused women around and i am certain there are many in Hollywood and otherwise. WHY are they silent???? Have you asked yourself that or even have an answer??? "

Good question... I have had some thoughts on this when all the shyt hit the fan recently.

My simplistic answer ... White men hold the power in this world...for the most part? they are in control of our destiny (good or bad)... they get that protection with whatever they do at all cost out of some of our own fearing the  sabotage that will come... plus what I said at the beginning, it's ingrained in our people to give this protection...you know,that god thingy!


On the Hollyweird situation,same deal...


Truthfully,I'm surprise there wasn't more black actresses as part of the "me too" movement...except when Lupita Nyong'o spoke out.    Black actresses rarely work continuously and I've always had my theory on why,knowing who are in control of hollyweird.   But,there is one actress in particular who made me wonder why she didn't step forward... I chop it up to,fear of losing roles and future livelihood in hollyweird!!!
There is no doubt,this person had the experiences on those casting couch with many of those brutes. She was the only "black" actress getting major bump up for movie roles,back to back for a few years... she had a really good run in hellyweird with major A list directors/producers/excutives/studio heads,etc...all of this didn't fall in her lap out of luck. On second thought, I have no doubt she is  ok with what was required to be on top. Her stardom surely wasn't off the merit of being a good actress. She is beautiful,but her acting skill wasn't the greatest...the big wig have nothing to worry about in her case,their secret is safe with this person. If she have any regrets,she'll live her pain in silence and hug her awards.

In real life,I knew of one black female who tried to sue her boss for sexual misconduct...rare,but it does happen.

Now,my antiquated comment had nothing to do with giving women a pass,not sure how you extract this sentiment from what I said.    I am indifferent,I don't get caught up in the gender war...never did,never will,it's not my steeze.  My views are always from a pure,unbiased,balance perspective with all senses wide open pertaining to any individual,male and female,light and dark, life and death, movement and stillness or black and white... wrong is wrong,right is right.   I speak raw,undiluted truth,formed as I see from observation and sensing through all my seeing eyes... neutral,but fair in my assessment ... none have to agree:)
From experience,I do know this to be true with some males ...just facts! There are some men who hold antiquated thoughts and misogynistic attitude when it comes to females...reality of our world we live in... we can't and shouldn't deny this!

Comment by El-Bull on December 17, 2017 at 10:10pm

AfricanGoddess Allow me to expound on my previous comments. I don't understand, coming from a male antiquated viewas you put it; Why are Black women getting their panties in a bunch over this issue as it is not about you, it's a white woman's revolt against strict whiter paternalistic society. The eventual intent and agenda is for white women to replace white men, in control and you can be sure, black women are excluded from eating at the table let alone being thrown any crumbs. Ultimately though the dynamics are interesting and make for good conversation, it does not concern or involve us black men or women. Again, I ASK YOU: Why is it we are not hearing about Black women being sexually harassed and violated as they are the most abused women around and i am certain there are many in Hollywood and otherwise. WHY are they silent???? Have you asked yourself that or even have an answer??? (Just an antiquated man's perspective) ;-) OH AND FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES IT APPEARS YOU ARE GIVING WOMAN A PASS AS IF THEY HAVE NO CULPABILITY IN THE WHOLE THING, BEING THAT WOMEN ARE KNOWN TO USE WHAT THEY'VE GOT TO GET WHERE AND WHAT THEY WANT. (Again my antiquated male perspective)


Comment by AfricanGoddess on December 17, 2017 at 9:52pm

"Thing is this white feminist movement has now moved into the black community and the thing is no Black woman has come out against white men but instead choose to attack black men as part of the agenda and I'm certain there are plenty of them (white men) who have sexually harassed and abused black women being that they have a thing for black women. But noooo now they are turning on Black men as part of the agenda"

Plenty of truth in your commentary!@ El Bull

Other than the feminazi movement... I also believe in some instances,it's ingrained behavior from the plantation,where we protect "others" before our own. ((( * I don't believe all of our people should be protected when they are in the wrong,not all are innocent! But,I agree with your stance here,only because what you said is true*)))

This is my personal thoughts on these allegations flood... I don't believe all of the allegations coming forward are true with some of the men being accused... in some cases,they were consensual relationships.

To be 100% clear here... with some of the men who are getting accused, I am not surprise by the accussation,they do have a history of mistreating females... it's in their nature to be beastly and disrespectful towards females and they deserve the exposure and getting taken down.
Likewise, there are some of these women lending their voices for money,notoriety,an agenda,out of spite/hatred of men and or playing silly head games to be up in the "me too" mix of things.

Real harassed/assault/rape victims coming out about their experiences should be heard. I believe them speaking out loudly are helping to propel the human male and female species into improving our conduct towards each other.

As uncomfortable as this moment is for many,it's possible these open revelation could be the cause human pay in the next step forward in our evolution between the sexes... starting with understanding,better treatment and respectability through deeds.

Sidenote;There are enough males around who do hold an antiquated and scathing views on how they treat or believe females should be dominated by them through disrespect and assault,this should not to be tolerated... squash and correct this thinking and behavior. These type of males need to take a leap into modern times already,women are rejecting backwards behavior and or attitude... elevate,forward movement!

Comment by El-Bull on December 17, 2017 at 9:23pm

AfricanGoddess  Everything you say is true, however there was no policy/procedure against having relationships with co-workers/cohorts. He did nothing  wrong in that sense and this metoo agenda is nothing but a witch hunt meant to destroy men in positions of power and prestige. As well you spend much of your time on the job where relationships are formed and many people meet their future spouses. Why don't we just go back to the days of----women stayed home and watched the lids, had babies, cooked etc----TO blame him ONLY absolves women of being held accountable for their roles in these issues, after all it takes two..

Comment by AfricanGoddess on December 17, 2017 at 8:57pm

Tavis Smiley fell into that trap ... aren't folks paying attention and learning from others previous downfall?

He admitted to having close relationships with a couple of women on the job,I can bet they were intimate/sexual liasion...it happens all the time. These affairs start out nice and fun,ending up in regrets later. This can be a hostile environment,don't enter if you have some sense... I've seen and heard enough to know how this end.

It's not a wise decision for on the job affairs... just don't take that bait ,no matter which position you hold and how tempting it is ...unfortunately too many males don't think about the long term repercussion and give in to the close,easy access while working ...this is how many lose it all--->wife,family,position,fortune and respect!

If and when that woman you are messing with gets downgraded/ transferred/fired/layed off or rejected,she will eventually air you out to dry about your secret affair as pay back for whatever pain or lost and sometimes top it off with an assault charge if she is vicious.

Don't shyt where you eat applies every time,every day...no exception,no matter how innocent it look.

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