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Nat Geo pulls “Star Talk” as investigation into deGrasse Tyson allegations continues

Fox-owned National Geographic will hold off on releasing any new episodes of science and tech talk show StarTalk as it continues to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against host Neil deGrasse ...
January 3, 2019

Fox-owned National Geographic will hold off on releasing any new episodes of science and tech talk show StarTalk as it continues to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The American astrophysicist, author and host of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey responded on Facebook last month 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.

The Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic, as well as the producers of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, responded by launching an investigation into the matter.

Now, Nat Geo has opted to postpone the release of new episodes of StarTalk until such an investigation is complete. The series was three episodes into its 20-episode fifth season when the latest allegations came to light.

In a statement shared with realscreen, the network states that, “In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of StarTalk until it is complete. We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we’ll make a final decision.”

In his Facebook post, deGrasse Tyson stated his support for “an impartial investigation,” offering his “full cooperation.”

A second series of the rebooted Cosmos, featuring deGrasse Tyson, was slated to premiere in March.

Variety first reported the news.

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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