Nat Geo Pauses Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s TV Show
National Geographic has placed Neil deGrasse Tyson’s TV show after sexual misconduct allegations against him were made public. StarTalk returned for its fifth season in November and had aired just three episodes, out of a 20-episode order, when new allegations against Tyson emerged. The most recent accusation was made by Ashley Watson, who worked as Dr. Tyson’s assistant on another show, Cosmos. She said Tyson behaved inappropriately with her, making comments “infused with sexual innuendos.” She said she had quit her job as a result. Another accuser, Katelyn N. Allers, an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, used the phrase “uncomfortable and creepy” to describe his behavior toward her at a party after an American Astronomical Society event in 2009. And Tchiya Amet El Maat accused Dr. Tyson of having raped her when they were graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. In a 1,600-word Facebook post last month, Dr. Tyson described two of the incidents as benign and denied the third accusation. “Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage,” he 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.” The latest edition of the Cosmos revival hosted by Tyson is set to premiere on March 4th. Cosmos: Possible Worlds will also air on the Fox network, premiering on March 3rd, the night before its Nat Geo launch. With just two months before air, it would be virtually impossible for Fox and Nat Geo to replace Tyson on Cosmos. Not only does he narrate the series, but he’s incorporated on-camera throughout the show -- which is a global event planning to air in 172 countries and 43 languages, making it an important centerpiece for the network. More here.