A number of women have renewed charges first made past year that President Donald Trump sexually harassed them in the 1970s, leading to calls from some in Congress for an investigation or that he resign.
PBS vice president for corporate communications Jennifer R. Byrne, said that the company had used an outside law firm to investigate allegations that were levied against 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", stated a PBS spokesperson.
According to a report by Variety, PBS hired Sarah Taylor Wirtz, an attorney from the firm MSK, to "oversee an investigation into Smiley's behavior after receiving allegations of misconduct". Some witnesses said in reports that their employment levels in Smiley's organization were associated with their sexual relationship with the former PBS host.
Comcast drops out of Fox race
A deal with Disney could also face fewer United States regulatory hurdles, although it is extremely unlikely to be waved through. This move leaves the Walt Disney Company DIS as the lone remaining bidder, in a deal that could now close as soon as this week.
The host was also accused of creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went above and beyond the typical high-pressure workplace. Hyzagi wrote that "Tavis' misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners".
He criticized PBS for its handling of the situation, saying he only learned about the investigation from former staffers and didn't get a proper chance to defend himself.
"On the eve of the 15th season and 3,000th episode of my nightly talk show, I was as shocked as anyone else by PBS' announcement today". "They can't touch me".
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Smiley's career includes a stint hosting a TV show on Black Entertainment Television in the 90s as well as a commentator at National Public Radio, ABC News, and CNN.
Smiley is just the latest of high-profile, powerful men in media to face sexual misconduct allegations over the past few months.
A blast of winter predicted for Wednesday
Temperatures are already starting to fall and winds are picking up as an Arctic cold front moves through Upstate New York . Lake effect snow showers will likely impact the eastern and northern shorelines of Huron County starting at 4 p.m.