November 5, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi has his book deal cancelled as women go to police with accusations of abuse


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Publishers Weekly has reported that Penguin Random House Canada has cancelled its book deal with CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

Penguin Random House Canada is cutting ties with former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who is currently embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. The publisher has canceled Ghomeshi’s forthcoming book, citing the headline-grabbing situation as its reason.

The publisher’s Viking Canada imprint released Ghomeshi’s bestselling memoir, 1982, in 2012. PRH Canada spokesperson Tracey Turriff would not comment on what had been expected from his next book, and would only say that the decision was made “in light of recent events.”

Ghomeshi was fired on October 26, after allegations surfaced that he had violently assaulted a number of women, and three of those women have now gone to the police. You can read about the truly horrifying accusations in any number of outlets. Publishers Weekly notes that PRH is just the latest organization to drop Ghomeshi: “Since Ghomeshi’s firing, he has been dropped by his PR firm, Rock-it Promotions; his agent, Jack Ross of Toronto-based company The Agency; and his crisis management firm, Navigator.”

Since 2007, Ghomeshi had hosted Q, a popular interview show on CBC Radio, where he interviewed artists, writers, and actors. He routinely booked some of the most interesting and talked about cultural figures; some of the authors who have recently appeared on his show include Masha Gessen, Cheryl Strayed, and Melville House‘s Jon Gnarr.

Q is still on the air; guests hosts are filling in. Since Ghomeshi’s firing, the show’s producers have taken to their website and Twitter, where listeners are using #QtheFuture to offer their ideas for a new host.


Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.