Robert Littal, the embattled founder of Black Sports Online (BSO), is out as a co-host of the TMZ Sports television show.
“Robert Littal is no longer part of the TMZ Sports TV Show,” a spokesperson for TMZ said in a statement Monday to Urban Hollywood 411.
Littal has also scrubbed references to TMZ Sports from his Twitter bio, which a day earlier said he was a co-host of the program on Fox Sports 1.
The change in his status was announced a day after Littal apologized amid claims by former BSO female employees that he harassed them, requested sexual favors, and made inappropriate comments in the workplace.
As previously reported, the harassment claims gained national attention Saturday when the hashtag #SurvivingBSO began to trend on Twitter.
Some of the posts included screen shots from BSO group chats that were sexual in nature. Some women in the chats complained about being uncomfortable with the sex talk, but were mocked. The accusers said they remained silent for years out of fear that their careers and reputations might be jeopardized if they spoke out against Littal.
Among the #SurvivingBSO claims, Littal is alleged to have used his power to make unwanted sexual advances. He is also accused of refusing to pay writers for their work, making them cover their own travel expenses, and threatening to remove up-and-coming reporters’ bylines from stories if they turned down his advances, meaning they wouldn’t have writing samples to show potential employers.
Littal now admits his behavior was inappropriate.
“There are some things as you saw, that I’ve said to my female contributors in the past that were very inappropriate, inconsiderate and they were flat out wrong, and for that I apologize,” he said Sunday in a video posted on Twitter.