Tavis Smiley Net Worth
Tavis Smiley Net Worth: Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist who has a net worth of $10 million dollars. Tavis Smiley was born on September 13, 1964 in Gulfport, Mississippi and raised in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996, he hosted the talk show "BET Talk"(later renamed "BET Tonight") on BET. Controversially, after Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew Smiley's contract that year. Smiley then began hosting "The Tavis Smiley Show" on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts "Tavis Smiley" on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from PRI. From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host their own radio talk show, "Smiley & West". They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film "Still Bill". He is the new host of "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network. In 2014, he also appeared as one of the cast members on the hit ABC television series, "Dancing With the Stars."
Firing: On December 13, 2017, Tavis Smiley was fired from PBS after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came to light. The misconduct allegedly involved sexual relationships with subordinates who were under the impression that their jobs depended on having these relationships with Smiley.