Smiley has copped to consensual relationship, but denied charges he used his position to coerce employees to have sex with him..
Smiley claimed that PBS had more or less already made a decision to push him out, and that "the minute that three-hour meeting was over", PBS announced that they would stop distributing his show.
He also said, "After finding out about it, my attorneys contacted the PBS investigators and offered to have them come talk to me, whatever they wanted".
Smiley said he was going to continue to push back against the claims to protect his reputation, but admitted he had regrets about how he handled himself at times during his career.
Smiley acknowledged that he has engaged in several relationships with his employees after "30 years of being in the business", but he maintained he is not guilty of sexual harassment.
PBS suspended Smiley after an investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations of conduct" inconsistent with PBS standards. "And that's a real problem for me", Smiley said.
Smiley said PBS told him it was invoking the clause in his contract that allows it to stop distribution of "Tavis Smiley" at any time, but that the publicly-funded network told the press that he instead broke the "morals clause".
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First, Smiley denies ever groping women.
Smiley also described a "sloppy investigation" in which investigators have not interviewed his current staff members, only former employees.
"In our employee handbook, while we do not encourage office relationships, we do not forbid them either", Smiley said on "GMA".
Carlson understandably wondered then what Smiley talked about during that three-hour meeting with PBS reps.
A PBS spokeswoman said Smiley's latest comments contradict a previous Facebook post in which he said he had just one relationship with an employee.
Smiley joins a growing list of male actors, TV personalities, politicians and other prominent people accused of sexual misconduct in recent months.
Walmart was also backing Smiley's upcoming touring show, "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience", based on his 2014 book of the same name. "PBS never informed me that a complaint was even alleged". "We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions". Tavis was accused of sexual relations with "multiple subordinates" and "some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley".