National Geographic Channel has pulled Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s chat show StarTalk off its schedule while Fox Networks Group conducts a sexual misconduct investigation into the host/astrophysicist, our sister site Variety reports.
Last November, Tyson’s former assistant, Ashley Watson, claimed that she was forced to quit her job over Tyson’s inappropriate sexual advances. Additionally, Bucknell professor Dr. Katelyn N. Allers accused Tyson of groping her at an after-party for the American Astronomical Society in 2009. Tyson responded to each claim, plus an earlier rape accusation made by fellow former graduate student Tchiya Amet, in a lengthy Facebook post.
“In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded, we chose to hold new episodes of StarTalk until it is complete,” a Nat Geo rep told Variety. “We expect that to happen in the next few weeks, at which time we’ll make a final decision.”
StarTalk had aired three episodes of its current fifth season when the new allegations came to light.
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