Tavis Smiley is no longer. Deadline reports PBS has cancelled the talk show because of recent sexual misconduct allegations against its titular host.
The long-running late-night talk show began in 2004 and has featured interviews with notable entertainers, athletes, politicians, and authors, including Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, filmmaker Dee Rees, and Smokey Robinson.
After investigation several accusations of sexual misconduct against Smiley, PBS has suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley indefinitely. In response, Smiley called the network’s investigation “sloppy” and vows to “fight back” the cancellation.
Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company. 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.”
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) December 14, 2017
What do you think? Do you watch the Tavis Smiley show? Do you think it should remain cancelled?