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Now-former PBS host Tavis Smiley said it's "hard to know" what he's been accused of, after anonymous sexual misconduct claims got his show "indefinitely" suspended.

Smiley said PBS told him it was invoking the clause in his contract that allows it to stop distribution of "Tavis Smiley" at any time, but that the publicly-funded network told the press that he instead broke the "morals clause."

Tucker Carlson asked whether he was indeed being accused of a "nonspecific sex crime" from someone he didn't know.

Smiley affirmed the question and said no one at PBS has asked his current staff about the allegations.

He said he found out about the complaint through friends who were his former colleagues.

"It's mind-boggling to me that they kind of play this game of pick and choose... who they want to talk to," he said.

Smiley said that only under the threat of a lawsuit did PBS lawyers sit down and discuss the case with him.

Even then, he said, the officials would not discuss specifics or names but instead engaged in "what-if" scenarios.

"They've just bungled this," he said. "Something needs to be done to fix this."

Carlson asked Smiley about his views on consensual relationships in the workplace.

Smiley said that some people may legitimately find them inappropriate, but that it is not his job to tell people who they can be friends with.

He also noted that 90 minutes after the interview with the lawyers, he received his notice of suspension.

Then, 12 minutes later, Smiley said a magazine already had the first "Exclusive" story on the matter.

"You tell me whether or not there's an agenda here," he told Carlson.

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