Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” show for National Geographic is on hold until an internal investigation into claims of misconduct has concluded.
The man who called for a “Truth Force” in August to defend against “all enemies of accurate information” is under investigation by the network regarding allegations against him by multiple women.
“In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of Star Talk until it is complete,” Nat Geo said in a statement, The Hollywood Reporter first noted Thursday. “We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we’ll make a final decision.”
“Star Talk” was taken off the air three weeks into its fifth season in late 2018.
The network is looking at claims by two women, Dr. Katelyn Allers and a former assistant named Ashley Watson, made inappropriate advances in 2009 and 2018, respectively.
The scientist denies any criminal wrongdoing.
“In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters,” Mr. Tysonwrote Dec. 1 on Facebook. “But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth — and would have my full cooperation to do so.”
Regarding the 2018 accusation, he said a miscommunication occurred regarding a “special handshake” that he learned from “a Native elder on reservation land at the edge of the Grand Canyon.”
“You extend your thumb forward during the handshake to feel the other person’s vital spirit energy — the pulse,” he wrote. “I’ve never forgotten that handshake, and I save it in appreciation of people with whom I’ve developed new friendships.
“Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage,” he continued. “Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as [a] loving husband and as a public servant — a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public. I am grateful for the support I’ve received from those who continue to respect and value me and my work.”
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