One month after losing his PBS distribution deal, the host is gearing up for a comeback.
Less than a month after losing a PBS distribution deal due to allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior and sexual misconduct that included relationships with his subordinates, author and talk show host Tavis Smiley is positioning himself for a comeback.
Smiley announced this week that he will embark on a five-city tour as part of a “national conversation” on appropriate relationships between men and women in the workplace.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Smiley announced that his tour, “The Conversation: Women, Men and the Workplace,” will visit five cities January 29 to February 2 for town hall-style conversations about “how to create safe and healthy work environments.” The event will also include discussion from a yet-to be announced group of panelists. Smiley will serve as the event’s moderator.
“We need to have a national dialogue about these issues so women and men know how to engage each other in the workplace. I am eager to join this essential conversation, starting with this tour,” Smiley said in the Facebook post.
In December, PBS announced that following a misconduct investigation into Smiley, the network would suspend distributing the host’s popular long-running nightly talk show. An outside investigation “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,” a PBS spokeswoman said in December.
According to Variety, the investigation “found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates.”
Additionally, Variety reported, “witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment. Several expressed concerns about retaliation.”
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