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TV Host Defends Reputation

12/20/2017, 9:27 a.m.
Tavis Smiley says PBS made a big mistake by suspending him from his talk show.
Tavis Smiley

(AP) — Tavis Smiley says PBS made a big mistake by suspending him from his talk show.

Smiley said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America that he's never coerced anyone into a relationship but has had consensual relationships in the workplace. He says that wasn't against his company's policies.

He says he's human and has made mistakes but they don't merit suspension.

He says he applauds women coming forward to share their sexual assault and harassment experiences "to lead us in a conversation about how to create healthy workspaces."

However he says it's important not lose a sense of "proportionality" in the conversation, "because if we do people end up being guilty simply by accusation."

PBS suspended Smiley last week after an investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations of conduct" inconsistent with PBS standards.

Smiley says he'll fight to protect his reputation.