It’s no secret that Tavis Smiley wasn’t a huge supporter of former President Obama. Smiley has now been thrusted into the growing sexual harassment scandal that’s overtaking Hollywood and other industries with his own scandal. The radio commentator’s quagmire is causing many on social media to remind him of his contempt for the former president.
In a statement obtained by Variety, PBS announced the decision to indefinitely suspend Smiley’s late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley.”
“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” read the statement.
According to Variety, “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.”
Sources told the publication that witnesses stated that Smiley created a “verbally abusive and threatening environment.” Adding that the employees felt their jobs were tied to engaging in a sexual relationship with Smiley. PBS reportedly hired an outside law firm to conduct the investigation.
While Smiley has remained quiet on the allegations, Black Twitter couldn’t maintain its collective glee.
Tavis Smiley fired from PBS after sexual assault allegations. pic.twitter.com/4MfQGRTfvT
— Tracey Quarles (@TraceyQuarles) December 14, 2017
Tavis Smiley too? SMDH But Somewhere Obama is like …. pic.twitter.com/GIVLKkMudp
— Madril Smith (@Ladair1975) December 14, 2017
Apparently, while Tavis Smiley was on his 'hold Obama accountable' jealousy tour — he wasn't even holding himself accountable to the most basic act of human decency. #MeToo
— Bill Madden (@activist360) December 14, 2017
Tavis Smiley being exposed as a predator and Omarosa getting dragged out the White House kicking and screaming in a single day? Whew. Black Jesus has been BUSY. pic.twitter.com/lg9lWmlktQ
— Shane Ravello 🇹🇹 (@ShaneRavello) December 14, 2017
Somewhere Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are laughing at Tavis Smiley. Remember when he was ugly to both of them? Remember when he was trying to hold #Obama accountable with a lot of hate and jealousy? Yep, another person devoid of human decency just want down in flames. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/skuEvse4rQ
— Janet Shan (@hinterlandg) December 14, 2017
OMG! No One is more deserving of what is happening to Tavis Smiley than Tavis Smiley. Karma is getting caught up on her agenda. Beware!
— Jewels22 (@JAG2822) December 14, 2017