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Nat Geo’s “StarTalk”, “Cosmos” returning with Neil deGrasse Tyson as investigation closes

Fox and its subsidiary National Geographic have announced that the next season of StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds will be airing as an investigation into allegations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson has ...
March 18, 2019

Fox and its subsidiary National Geographic have announced that the next season of StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds will be airing as an investigation into allegations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson has concluded.

“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both StarTalk and Cosmos,” a Nat Geo statement said. “StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos.”

The statement did not lay out any of the investigation’s findings, but Realscreen has confirmed that DeGrasse Tyson will return as host of both series, and that they will air as originally produced.

The American astrophysicist, author and host responded on Facebook last December to allegations made by three women and reported by spirituality-focused site Patheos. The site had reported a year ago about allegations by musician Tchiya Amet against deGrasse Tyson dating back to the ’80s, and again last November when Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University, and Ashley Watson, a former assistant to Tyson, came forward. The allegations range from unwanted advances and touching, and in the instance of Amet’s allegations from a year ago, rape.

DeGrasse Tyson denied the rape allegation and offered an apology to Allers and discussed a previous apology to Watson in his Facebook post.

Shortly afterward, Fox and Nat Geo, as well as the producers of Cosmos announced their investigation into the matter.

In January, the companies postponed the release of new episodes of StarTalk until the investigation was complete, and last month pulled the premiere of Cosmos from its March 3 slot on the Fox schedule.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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