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TravelGuides – Dr. Ian Smith files suit against ‘The Doctors’ network, producers

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TravelGuides – Dr. Ian Smith files suit against ‘The Doctors’ community, producers

The medical discuss present “The Doctors” has been hit with extra racism allegations.

On Monday, ex-host Dr. Ian Smith, who’s black, filed an illegal termination grievance against distributor ViacomCBS, manufacturing firm Stage 29 Productions, Dr. Phil’s son Jay McGraw, who heads the agency, and the present’s government producer Patty Ciano.

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Dr. Smith, who additionally alleges Ciano sexually harassed him, was employed to co-host the present in 2013 for its sixth season. But the suit claims he wasn’t invited again for the seventh season after he “voiced complaints regarding discrimination which he experienced and observed.”

In the suit, he complained, amongst different issues, that “African-American hosts were on fewer shows than white hosts. African-American hosts were paid less than white hosts. African-American hosts were not in as many integration segments as white hosts. There were not enough African-American producers.”

Ciano approached Dr. Smith in 2020 about changing into the solo host of the present following the killing of George Floyd and civil unrest across the nation. “[Dr. Smith] specifically said that there had been racial issues during his first tenure and unfair treatment of African-American hosts. He said that he would return only if that conduct was not going to be repeated,” the suit states.

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“[Ciano] assured him that things had changed for the better, the show would be committed to fair treatment and there would not be any discriminatory behavior,” in response to the suit.

Dr. Smith returned, however Ciano continued to disregard his considerations about variety in response to the suit. At one level he advised “several black producers” who may very well be added to the present, however, in response to the suit, Ciano responded by saying: “I don’t think that’s important right now. We have you as the host. That’s what matters. Besides, I really don’t have the budget to hire any more producers.”

He alleges Ciano employed extra white producers two weeks after telling him there was no room within the finances.

The suit additionally claims that Ciano sexually harassed him and would remark about his physique, “suggesting that he should wear tighter shirts to show off his ‘guns’ more.”

Dr. Smith claims he filed an nameless grievance, however that “CBS informed [him] that it conducted a full investigation and found no wrongdoing.”

Dr. Smith claims within the suit that he complained to Ciano instantly about “racist discriminatory statements” he heard different producers make about him over Zoom and that she dismissed them as “producers being tired after a long week and just venting about their bosses.”

Dr. Smith was terminated and changed by Dr. Drew Ordon, who’s white.

Earlier this yr, former co-host Dr. Rachael Ross made comparable allegations about Ciano and “The Doctors” to Page Six. She described the office as “toxic” and informed us Ciano always harassed her about her hair. She complained to HR and warned: “If you guys aren’t careful, you’re going to get touted as a really bad place for minorities to work, and they told me they would look into my claims,” she mentioned. Ross informed us she was “basically forced out” and her contract wasn’t renewed.

Ciano denied her claims on the time and mentioned, “I am devastated by these unfounded and shocking allegations. I stand by my character and know the truth, that I have been a champion for diverse talent and inclusive stories throughout my entire career. While it is impossible to prove that I did not do something, I can absolutely say these hurtful lies are not true,” she mentioned.

A spokesperson additional added: “These baseless allegations are inaccurate and untrue… A lie unchallenged becomes the truth and we absolutely refute these lies.”

They didn’t get again to us about Dr. Smith’s lawsuit.

TravelGuides – Dr. Ian Smith files suit against ‘The Doctors’ community, producers

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