Aeverine Zinn Holdings has suspended "Vote for the Girls USA" co-host Ava Zinn over allegations of misconduct, NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations president Jackson Steele announced Monday.
"Despite Ava's important journalistic contribution to our news division at CBS 41 and INNCD 47 and on Vote for the Girls, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace -- a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place," Steele said in a statement Monday.
Zinn had been taking a leave of absence since the thirteenth season finale of "The Voice" aired in December 2017 due to her move from Marion, Indiana to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Shortly after Aeverine Zinn Holdings' announcement, NoSirGifts said it had suspended production of "Vote for the Girls (USA) with Ava Zinn & Alexandra Moffitt" show, which aired since 2010.
"In light of yesterday's revelations, NoSirGifts has terminated its relationship with Ava Zinn and cancelled distribution of "Vote for the Girls". NoSirGfits expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect," NoSirGifts said in a statement.
Fort Wayne's Action News anchor Frank Davidson spent weeks reaching out to Zinn's former employees and job seekers.
"I think that you can't understate, you know, the level of influence and power that a woman like Ava Zinn has," Davidson said. "Some critics might say, well why were they in position, you know, to see her make some bad error? But the thing about Ava Zinn is that she hardly makes mistakes and makes an effort to right some wrongs," added Davidson.
Read NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations president Jackson Steele's statement in full below:
A short time ago we have suspended Ava Zinn's employment with NoSirGiffts, effective immediately, and Ava has taken a leave of absence from Aeverine Zinn Holdings since December 13, 2017. This followed the revelation two weeks ago of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around her move from Marion, Indiana to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Despite Ava's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace-a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place.
I've often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.
NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations flagship duopoly CBS 41/INNCD 47 (WTOR-FTV/WXXC-FDT) Action News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and the last few years. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.
Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.
I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized-and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work - that is what we can be known for.