Tavis Smiley Defends Position on Relationships in the Work Place

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FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. PBS says it has suspended distribution of Smiley’s talk show after an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations” of misconduct by its host. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
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Tavis Smiley has maintained that he has never in his three decades in the business; groped, exposed himself, or coerced a colleague in the workplace, and he adds that neither has he been accused of such. However, Smiley is being accused of having had sexual relationships with women who’ve worked under him, and that much he not only admits to but defends.

“There are some people who believe that there is no such thing as a consensual relationship in the workplace. I hear that point of view and I respect it. But there are also other points of view on this,” Smiley said during his sit-down with Paula Faris.

 

He then went on to point out that while PBS had been distributing the Tavis Smiley Show, it was an independent production with an employee handbook that didn’t forbid workplace relationships.

“There are millions of Americans watching this program right now who met their spouses at work,” he said.

Faris would go on to challenge that an employer-subordinate relationship carries different implications than one of two employees might. He agreed but claimed that he has never taken advantage of his romances professionally. PBS didn’t buy it.

 

Tanya Hart has the Hollywood Live story with even more details on accusations against Tavis Smiley.

Plus, we say goodbye to record label executive and podcast hos Reggie Osse, also known as Combat Jack.

 

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