Fox Networks Group has pulled astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series “Star Talk” as it continues to investigate multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
“StarTalk” returned to the National Geographic Channel for its fifth season in November and had aired just three episodes, out of a 20-episode order, when new allegations against Tyson emerged.
“In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of ‘StarTalk’ until it is complete,” the network said in a statement to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. “We expect that to happen in the next few weeks, at which time we’ll make a final decision.”
Last month, Tyson posted a nearly 1,600-word statement on Facebook defending himself against the allegations made by three women.
“Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage,” Tyson wrote. “Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant — a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public.”
Tyson said he appreciated “the value of an independent investigation.”
By Ray Kelly