The future of Star Talk and its host remain uncertain.
National Geographic has temporarily shelved Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s Star Talk program in the wake of an investigation into allegations of groping, drugging, and rape, by three former colleagues.
According to Variety, Fox Networks has commenced their probe into the disturbing accounts of the astrophysicist’s sexual abuse. A rep for the show states “In order to allow the investigation to occur unimpeded we chose to hold new episodes of Star Talk until it is complete,” claiming that “We expect that to happen in the next few weeks at which time we’ll make a final decision.” Nat Geo was to air new episodes of Star Talk through the months of December and January, while a new season of Cosmos was slated to arrive in March. Whether we’ll see a return for either program is pending the result of the investigation.
The allegations surfaced in a November report from Patheos, which detailed disturbing accounts by three women; one claiming she was groped by him during a 2009 photo-op, another claiming she was verbally harassed by Tyson while working as his assistant, another claiming he drugged and raped her while they were attending the galactic astronomy program at The University of Texas in Austin.
In a public statement posted to Facebook in the days following the report, deGrasse Tyson offered his account of the two former situations, apologizing for each, and outright denying the rape detailed in the latter. He’s submitted his full cooperation to the investigation.