Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley lashed out at PBS for suspending him for accusations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Late Wednesday night, the broadcaster and noted author took to social media to defend himself against the scurrilous accusations.

Smiley said PBS "overreacted" and launched a "sloppy investigation" into the allegations. He said he was "just as shocked" as everyone else about PBS's decision to suspend him.

“I have the utmost respect for all women and I certainly celebrate the courage of those who have come forward of late to share their own truth,” Smiley said in a video uploaded to social media. “But let me assure you, I have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself or coerced any colleague in the workplace ever in my 30-year career.”

According to Variety.com, Smiley was accused of having sexual relationships with subordinates and some of the women had “expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.”

Smiley blasted PBS for launching its "so-called investigation" without telling him about it. He said their minds were "already made up" before they met with him for 3 hours to discuss the allegations and that the Variety.com report was published "almost immediately" after their meeting ended.

He also accused PBS of “refusing” to look at his documents or talk to his current staff.

“It is clear that this has gone too far and I for one intend to fight back,” Smiley said. “PBS overreacted and launched a sloppy investigation. It’s time for a real conversation in this country about where the lines are, about men and women can engage each other in the workplace. And I look forward to actively participating in that conversation.”

 

  • 2telldatruth

    “But let me assure you, I have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself or coerced any colleague in the workplace ever in my 30-year career.”

    It’s time for a real conversation in this country about where the lines are, about men and women can engage each other in the workplace.

    These two statements from Tavis are very telling.

  • Peace

    Lort. Not Tavy too? The next Democratic convention will be interesting. Will there

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Especially the last one

  • Breitbart_Savior

    I wonder if these women are the same sorta white women who typically harass black women in corporate America.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    So are you saying only white women get harassed or they are the only ones strong enough to come forward? I ask because I see no reference to race EXCEPT in your post

  • Peace

    Yep. They on a roll now. Bout a man a minute now.

  • Shawty

    Oh no....not another one!

  • Shawty

    Lort....cracking up ova here

  • You Could Never

    This the issue I have. Like all accusations cannot be automatically true. How do you discern the ones that are true and the ones that are malicious? Its all becoming WAY too much

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    i need a vacation with warm sun & several tropical drinks. who else is coming ??

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    “Never sh*t where you eat.” None of these men would be in this situation if they lived by that rule.

    A place of business must be for business only. You should never enter into a sexual relationship with a subordinate.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly. The only one who was 'sloppy' was Tavis.

  • Noirluv45

    I heard Tavis had a reputation for being very mean. I don't know if it's true or not, but hopefully, the truth regarding these allegations will come out.

  • No Love Lost

    I hope he's telling the truth, because I really like and respect Travis.

    On another note:
    Trump had this to say to Omararosa, and it was short and petty..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c41e55b86e1d9fa9a5a8f3b90b438d51d2888b4af61e6b55e78e109b9c489df.png

    Side note, when are theses coons going to learn (insert Stacey Dash)

    Listen, Omararosa and Stacey can build on this. Maybe start their own business, and possibly calling it (Ex Coonettes.)
    A mess.

  • xenaD

    Bet they wish they had that letter that Steve Harvey had in his dresser room! But This is getting out of control!!!!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    (Ex Coonettes.)

    *dead*

  • Noirluv45

    I don't know if they'll ever learn. ?

  • Jen_no_juice

    ????????????????????

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    I don’t think they are the only ones strong enough to come forward. When we as black women complain about anything, we get labeled (usually by these same white women) as combative, not team players, angry. . . We typically don’t have the privilege to complain.

  • Vonn

    They'll never learn, so their business name should be The Coonagains. I'm leaving before someone kicks me out. Good night.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No Tavis chose to date subordinates. No one made up a story about his harassing them.

  • No Love Lost

    ?? "Coonagains" I think we both need to leave lol.

  • Vonn

    I'll meet you with my Sombrero on & passport in hand. Where we going? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84768d8f63a5d520101c6a94f6881ed76bacfd8ac92e6c78f0d997df5f076e09.gif

  • laidbackgal4real

    Go on brother Travis ??

  • Ni Ni

    I always thought Tavis was too much into his work to be bothered with women, gay, or asexual. The only time i remember him talk about a woman was when he was in BET and we know how long ago that was.

  • Vonn

    Yes, with your "Coonettes." Lol

  • Mark mcharm

    Are you even allowed to breathe in a womens direction in the office ?

  • Phillybruh

    That nikka is sweating bullets right now. That letter only went up after he was married.

  • Vonn

    Everyone will have to wear bodycams at work now.

  • Mark mcharm

    No one ever called anita hill combative i do not even thinkthis is black or white you cannot even smile at a women in the workplace without a call into the office.?

  • hottlanta

    Why am I looking at this and thinking he is introducing her to the group by his favorite phrase "my African American" like the way he points then out at his rallies. Looks like he is saying Omarosa is my African American as if she is his slave.

  • You Could Never

    I aint got no more time off. We got taken over by a bigger company so they made us USE it all. Can we go RIGHT on Jan 2nd lmaooo? I got a coworker from India...that joker scheduled his vacay DEAD Jan 2nd through like the 15th. He was like forget THAT. AND I been here for 5 years so I get my bump up in allocation. I aint mad at him.

  • hottlanta

    Why wasn't Anita Hill on the front of Time Magazine for sexual harassment. I been asking that question but haven't gotten an answer yet. It seems that everybody is going around now looking for brownie points on starting a movement for "women" to not be silent but they are silent by keeping her name out of the fold.

  • Noirluv45

    That's right. Anita has been overlooked, and I think I know why. She's a Black woman and the face of abuse has always got to be that of a White woman.

  • bella28498 .

    so this black MF live in a basement of an apartment building he own, refuse to get married because he can sexually harass women. I am starting to see why alot of very successful black men stay single because they can just rape on everyone, but thats coming to an end.

  • Mark mcharm

    what

  • Phillybruh

    huh?

  • Mark mcharm

    It could be because some years had pass but she was first.

  • No Love Lost
  • Elle

    I thought the exact same! Until my friend told me he dated one of her friends in Baltimore and the friend said he was out of this world arrogant.

  • Blue

    I don't even compliment the ladies at work anymore. Being alone with a white woman terrifies me.

  • Ni Ni

    I can definitely believe that he's arrogant.

  • bella28498 .

    huh my a z z

  • bella28498 .

    specifically what do you want to know?

  • Phillybruh

    I don't associate with any of them outside of hi and bye after my incident last year.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Word had already started leaking out that Tavis was messing with women who worked with and for him. That's a dangerous game, and apparently it came back to bite him.
    A man like him with millions of dollars at his disposal should know better. For a single black man like him with money, he had plenty of fish in the sea he could choose from. You don't jeopardize your money by messing with somebody you work with. Not smart at all.

  • Blue

    Do tell Phillybruh

  • Ni Ni

    Make sure you keep documentation of any strange conversations- date/time, etc. I had a white man give me a massage a couple yrs ago at my desk. I didnt feel like i was in danger or anything, cause deep down im hood and can handle myself?, but i emailed my girl in another dept letting her know just in case i needed something to fall back on. I didn't try to get him fired or nothing. The good Lord worked everything out and he left me alone and the job soon after.
    But you be careful, people are quick to take the "helpless" white woman's side.

  • Noirluv45

    True, but if Anita were White, I wonder if they'd bring her up even though it happened years ago.

  • Phillybruh

    Co-worker and I had a disagreement, after disagreement she tells supervisor she is afraid of me. So she sits in supervisors office for two weeks after the disagreement. So when its time to go to meditation and talk it out she sends an email to the bosses telling them that I stood up and grabbed myself and told her all the things I wanted to do to her sexually and then called her B*tch, now very few people I work with know I'm gay and married and one of the people just happen to the Chief of staff at the time who is good friends with my mother and was at my wedding. Questioned everything about her claim. She has a reputation of not playing well with others and I wish I knew that before being placed in the office with her. It should be a disclaimer when you accept a job that a co-worker is difficult. So since then I speak when spoken too and keep it moving.

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  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    My boy was just saying he doesn't compliment his female coworkers any more ("I like the new hairstyle"... "nice boots", etc. ) like he always used to.
    Even an innocent compliment can be taken as "flirtatious"
    nowadays. The atmosphere has really changed.

  • Mark mcharm

    That made no sense

  • Phillybruh

    I bet no one sits with you at lunch.

  • Yardgirl

    Me too!!

  • bella28498 .

    made alot of sense, just flew over your head, instead of talking chit just ask what I meant.

  • Blue

    lol@im hood and can handle myself. Yeah NiNi. You're right though. Its crazy out here now. Gotta cover ourselves.

  • Naomi

    I interviewed Tavis Smiley a few years ago when he was a commencement speaker at an HBCU. Dude was MAD close the entire time I was interviewing him lol I felt like he was my outfit or something with how close he was but whatever. Sucks to be him.

  • Blue

    Philly thats crazy!!! Wow.

  • bella28498 .

    I BET YOU THEY DO, MATTER OF FACT WHEN I CALL OFF AND COME IN THE NEXT DAY EVERYONE SAY THEY WERE BORED WHEN I WASNT THERE. LOL ASSUMPTIONS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL PHUCC UPS.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Wow. Just her lying on you like that should be reason enough for her to get fired. But most companies are so scared of getting sued nowadays that they'd rather just let stuff like that go and keep it moving.

  • Ghost

    AGREED! This country is FULL of women and a man of his caliber should not have any problems finding companionship AWAY from his job!

    I have never dated anyone I work or have worked with...my career and $$$ are too important.

  • Phillybruh

    In the government they just move you. I got my own office out of it and its in her personnel file.

  • Ghost

    Its a shame that it has gotten to this...but I feel you! smh

  • Phillybruh

    Based on the confusion of your first posts and the all caps in this response I don't think I assumed incorrectly.

  • Renee26

    Was he sniffing you out

  • bella28498 .

    but you are wrong so moving on.

  • Renee26

    I agree..workplace relationships are a no no...it's allowed at the company I work for. There are plenty of married couples. I know of one affair that took place between colleagues that broke up their prospective marriages...then they quickly married each other. Next thing you know one of them left the company...I think it was the scandal that encouraged that person to leave the company.

  • Renee26

    A whole massage at your desk?? LMAO yeah stuff like that will get a man in trouble

  • Renee26

    They probably think I'm a lesbian because I'm forever complimenting the ladies ...hope I don't catch a case

  • Renee26

    That bih!!

  • Ghost

    Its getting there...I laughed and talked with a lot of male co workers but with all this mess going on...folks are scared to even talk about a TV show. I don't blame them...got to protect their reputations and dollars..we're not serving hard liquor at our Christmas party this year..only wine and beer and you only get two drink tickets..the rest is on you. We use to have a open bar with anything you wanted for the entire night! Companies are scared and don't want to be a participant in anything stupid..smh

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • SpillyNillie

    It should be a disclaimer when you accept a job that a co-worker is difficult.

    SAY IT AGAIN!

  • Looks Guilty

    That’s the look of stress and finally being exposed. I think he’s guilty and the rumors have been out about him. That’s what he gets for being jealous of Obama.

  • Renee26

    I'm Florida bound for the holidays...2 weeks of warmer weather. It's freezing in the midwest right now

  • bella28498 .

    exactly but he choose to be a sexual predator.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Being alone in a work environment with "any" woman should be of concern to men. This is well beyond race with the current attention given to sexual assault/sexual harassment.

  • NeverSurprised

    The allegations didnt only come from white women. Per Variety:

    "According to sources, MSK [the law firm heading the investigation] took reports from 10 witnesses, a mix of men and women of different races and employment levels in Smiley’s organization, most of them former staffers."

  • Karen Brady

    They should have let her go. Psycho. Sorry you dealt with that mess.

  • Mark mcharm

    The same thing someone told me no booze at the christmas bash it is scary nowadays . .have to walk with your head down or else you will be cashing cans for a living. it is every week someone is claiming harrasment.

  • Li

    Like you James, with all that money just get a Mistress on the side. or a prostitute on the side. Why hassle the women in the workplace.
    But I'm anxious to hear his side and I know there's a book there.

  • Quitedeliteful

    OMG!!! I hope Tavis is smarter than this. I really thought he might have played for the other team because I never heard about him with any women at all.

  • Ni Ni

    No, breathe into a paperbag; it's safer.

  • MistaO

    Dont s hit where you eat! But I believe a significant portion of all these accusers from Cosby to now Smiley are lying. Most willingly s crewed these dudes and now see an opportunity to gravy train by lying on these men. Wouldn't be the first time..

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm all for the lid being lifted off of the filth that's been plaguing women (and men) by those in power but I wonder if some women aren't just looking for a payday. I work for a company that deals with a lot of entertainers and this woman calls up and says she was raped by a member of the group Guy. She says this happened 31 years ago. So now she wants the legal department to get involved. I asked her if she filed a police report (she thought that was a dumb question). I asked her if she has a lawyer (she does not). She never really said what it is that she wants so I'm wondering if all she really wants is a payday...

  • Ni Ni

    Yep, but i guess i started it. I told him he looked nice with a beard which i had done the previous winter he grew it, with no problems. He even told me some other ladies had said the same thing, but he singled me out ?.. He took the compliment and lost his friggin mind chile.

  • Quitedeliteful

    He really was jealous of Obama... that look of stress is because he ain't getting paid on Friday...

  • MistaO

    Not me. Your phone is your friend! Download a recording app and make sure it's running when in those situations. Store files on your hard drive or cloud. Keep indefinitely. Nelly beat that lying w hores rape charge because they had recordings!

  • MistaO

    She is trash. Trust, it will come back to her strong and if you see an opp to put a screw to her, on the low, DO IT!

  • MistaO

    You are a idiot.

  • MistaO

    Yes, because more than likely they like seeing what manner of foolery your going to do or say. The office idiot. They laugh at you, not with you. ?

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I feel sorry for Tavis Smiley, but I believe while some of his accusers may be looking for a payday or early retirement, he dated subordinates, and put himself in this position while other dating options existed! I haven't read he forced anyone or exposed himself!

    Tavis is trying to get his career off of life support, what a loss for a media titan!

    But, some of the accusers must have been white women...so the penalty is always harsher and swifter!

  • Tennessean

    Tavis, Tavis, Tavis,...smh

  • bella28498 .

    no you are an idiot. Why should he get married when he can use his power to get free feels and coerce women to have sex.....by the way Tavis does own an apartment bulding and he resides in the basement of the apartment (hooked up of course) so he can lease all apartments. please stfu

  • bella28498 .

    Once again wrooooooooooong. Before I got to my department people were not getting along and because of me they do. I dont have time to entertain anyone at work. stfu you failed psychology

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    He was actually *right* about Obama but that's neither here nor there. Black mainstream media is dead.

  • V Dubb

    He didn't rape or touch anybody....I do believe he was knocking down some interns and they didn't like he was doing that......

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    They are getting rid of any Black media that was somewhat mainstream. It sounds like Tavis had relationships with his colleagues and dated many. Although that's not a crime, it's "inappropriate" and "misconduct". But this happening after Roland Martin was fired due to "budget cuts" is making me wonder what all is going on behind the scenes.

  • Trace da Ace

    soooo..... If I am looking at my fine azz co worker....and imaging stuff....is that sexual harassment if I dont tell nobody??? jus saying....I need clarification cause this is getting out of hand!

  • Coffee1st

    *giggles*

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Tavis is not my favorite petson but some investigation need to go on too.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Most men in power abuse their power. Sorry Tavis, time to pay the piper.

  • Look@m3

    thinking the same thing....steve Harvey may be next ricky smiley (but nm bout RS)...

  • Look@m3

    I don't understand people who poop where they eat. They area a peculiar kind of people....there should be study on the lack of care they give to their career and its links to their willingness to risk it all for the same bootay they can get off the street!

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    he prob was knocking down one then another and prob had them thinking they were the only one! can't do that in the workplace causes to much trouble

  • KcoolMuziq

    Tavis( whom was very close to my musical idol Prince) and I attended his benefit concert in 2009 years ago featuring Prince. Is NOT being treated fairly and has been thrown under the bus.

    I stand by him 100% #TeamTavis.

  • Vonn

    Me ready!!

  • A D N

    I brought this up yesterday: how can a person's career end on ACCUSATIONS? I believe we should hear a victim or accuser's experience or story, but do we just take their account as the whole truth with such harsh repercussions towards the accused? Thin line folks...very thin line. Just wait until you are accused of something and everyone prosecute you based off of words of someone.

  • KHJ2016

    The big reason behind PBS suspending him was that he was having relations with subordinates and their employment was based on them having these relations. I did not hear him deny that. I didn't read that he groped anyone or anything like is he said. What I did hear was relationship with subordinates. He should not have had a relationship with any of his subordinates. It creates problems and some companies have policies in place forbidding this. It is possible this was in his contract or part of the PBS policy. I'm not riding the bandwagon on this one. Like all others I will just sit and listen.

  • tintin

    Did his breath stink?

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    He looks like the type of dude that would have sex with the White women at his job lol. But I don't believe he harassed anyone. I do believe he used his star power to get women to sleep with him, but he didn't force anybody. They all had the right to say "no'. But they claim they had sex with him because they felt their jobs was in jeopardy lol.. But if Travis never expressed that, he's completely innocent. You can't help how somebody "Feels".

  • tintin

    Men are gonna start having women sign consensual sex contracts because of this craziness.

  • Naomi

    Let's just say I kept my head down in my notebook most of the time lol

  • Naomi

    Let's just say I kept my head down in my notebook most of the time lol

  • Dainese

    YESSSS. Thank you. There is NO SUCH THING as consensual with subordinate. One time can get you fired. Apparently this is numerous times. Anyone up under you can't get up under you. Dig?

  • Daryl Campbell

    I believe the women! Quid pro pro is an evil power control tactic that should be exposed and eradicated. What’s sad is black men are shamelessly adopting these slave master’s ways.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    What I'm about to type is with all sincerity and I hope you'll think about it and understand.
    "When we as black women complain about anything"... not anything, seemingly everything OR things that have no real bearing on the current situation. For example, your original comment bringing race into the equation. Yes, race does sometimes have to do with things, but that is a given and doesn't always have to be the focus. The fact is women and men have been dealing with sexual harassment for years and many too ashamed, etc to come forward. Now they are.
    Your original comment really minimized that by making it racial, when it's more of a power play against anyone they consider subordinate or weak.

    I hope you get the gist of what I'm saying. People can either be like that little dog that barks because he can and gets ignored, or they can be like the good guard dog that only barks when there is a real threat.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    The arrogance in him does not allow him to see sleeping with subordinates is not OK. Not a fan so I'll just giggle silently inside. Becky told the man she was afraid of you. Buh Bye.

  • Oya Shango

    You notice that he never says that he has never had sexual relations with a subordinate or employee at PBS. THAT is the issue Tavis. You're FIRED!

  • Peace

    Lort honey, I thought Tavy, Tyler P. & EJ all hung out together? Lort have mussy . ?

  • Peace

    Lort honey, I thought Tavy, Tyler P. and EJ all hung out together!! ? Lort have mussy?

  • Dora LaBelle

    The problem is he probably tapped too many of them. There is strength in numbers. Don't sh*t where you eat!

  • V Dubb

    Agreed!!