Neil deGrasse Tyson is returning to Nat Geo following sexual misconduct investigation
It’s back to business as usual for the National Geographic Channel and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The cable network announced that it’s moving forward with StarTalk and Cosmos: Possible Worlds, two shows that feature the astrophysicist and author who serves as a host. The shows were in a holding pattern while the network investigated claims of sexual misconduct against Tyson by three women.
NatGeo would only say “the investigation is complete” in a statement released to EW. Though it would not release its findings, it did reveal that StarTalk, Tyson’s talk show that’s now in its fifth season, will return to the air for 13 episodes in April. The network also said it remains “committed” to airing a third season of Cosmos, which is a revival of a franchise created by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Though it was originally scheduled to debut sometime this spring across the Fox and NatGeo channels, no airdate has been set.
In December, Patheos.com reported allegations of inappropriate conduct against Tyson by two women. Another woman accused him of rape in 1984. Fox and Nat Geo released a joint statement that said, in part, “We take these matters very seriously and we are reviewing the recent reports.” Tyson, in response, released a statement on his official Facebook page and supported the independent investigations.
“In any claim, evidence matters,” he wrote. “Evidence always matters. 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.”