Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to television after a temporary suspension to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
National Geographic and Fox plan to move forward with Tyson as the host of “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” and “Cosmos.”
“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both “StarTalk and Cosmos,” the networks announced in a joint statement. “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.” There will be no further comment.”
Two women accused Tyson of inappropriate sexual behavior in a story posted in November 2018 on Patheos.com, which describes itself as the “premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality.”
Tyson denied those allegations and welcomed an investigation. He wrote in a lengthy Facebook essay at the time, titled “On Being Accused,” that men accused of sexual impropriety in the #MeToo era are presumed guilty by the public for a variety of reasons, “most justified, some unjustified.”
“In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters,” he wrote. “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.”
USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Tyson for comment.
Contributing: Bill Keveney
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