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PBS suspends Tavis Smiley over misconduct investigation

PBS suspends Tavis Smiley over misconduct investigation
Posted at 8:53 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 16:45:56-05

(CNN) - PBS has suspended distribution of “Tavis Smiley” amid what it calls “troubling" and "credible” allegations against the news show’s namesake host.

PBS said Wednesday that it had hired an outside law firm to investigate the matter. No details about the allegations were released. Smiley did not respond to a request for comment.

Smiley is a longtime radio commentator, TV talk show host and author. His 30-minute interview show, “Tavis Smiley,” has aired weeknights on PBS since 2004.

PBS is the distributor for Smiley’s show, but the show is produced by TS Media, Smiley’s production company. Smiley is not employed by PBS.

TS Media could not be immediately reached Wednesday.

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