Tavis Smiley quit the Tom Joyner Morning show because he couldn't take all the "hate from black people" about his bashing of presidential candidate Barack Obama. Tavis Smiley is an outspoken supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton. However, some people in the African-American community believe Tavis Smiley's display of support for Clinton shows he is "out of touch" and he has been called a "sellout" and the self-appointed spokesman for Black America. Listen to Tavis Smiley speak on the Tom Joyner Show about Barack Obama's letter that he would not attend his State of the Black Union 2008 Conference in Louisiana.
Tavis Smiley had invited Barack Obama to debate with Senator Hillary Clinton on his "2008 State of Black the Black Union " Conference in Louisiana. Barack Obama told Tavis Smiley he was too busy to attend the debate because he was campaigning for upcoming primaries, so he offered to allow his wife Michelle to attend in his place. Well, Tavis wasn't happy to accept Barack Obama's Harvard Law Educated wife to speak on his behalf, so Tavis withdrew his invitation and uninvited Michelle saying she was not welcome at his event. Listen to Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama speak about talk show host Tavis Smiley. Michelle is a very classy lady.
Here's a comment on the hiphopcrunch blog
Smiley is a sellout just as his name suggests. Let’s not pretend
sellouts no longer exists simply because we do not like the use of the
word. Tavis’s commentary is sponsored by WalMart on the Tom Joyner
Morning Show and not only does he vehemently supports Hilliary Clinton
but he also attacks Obama every chance he gets. Ever since Hilliary
mentioned Tavis in one of her speeches he’s been a zealed for her by
going far and above the extra mile in attacking Sen. Obama. source
Watch Tavis Smiley bash Barack Obama on Bill Maher's television show. Tavis Smiley is angry over what he calls a snub after Obama did not attend his debate.
Two of the most influential black men in media have parted ways.
Earlier today, radio veteran Tom Joyner announced that longtime contributor Tavis Smiley is no longer associated with the daily syndicated morning show, 'Tom Joyner Morning Show.'
"I got a call from Tavis on yesterday," Joyner said. "And he told me he was quitting the show. He told me the reason was that he was tired and has a lot of things going on, and he feels that now is a good time to leave the show."
"We all know that isn't the real reason he's leaving the show," Joyner continued. "The real reason is that he can't take the hate he's been getting regarding the Barack issue - hate from the black people that he loves so much. He needed to feel the love. We all do, whether it's from our radio audience or from people we know personally. He wasn't feeling any love, so he quit." source