Ben Affleck is on the hot seat after “Finding Your Roots” was cancelled because of a censoring issue. Bosses at PBS decided to cancel the genealogy show, in which it was rumored that the actor and his team asked the producers to edit out the details about his slaver owner ancestor. Of course, in the end the information was suppressed and not included in the segment on Affleck when it aired last October.
Based on the report made by NPR, after Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his team researched and investigated the actor’s ancestors they found out that Affleck had an ancestor who was a slave owner.
In addition to this, the station released details about an internal investigation that found Affleck exerted improper influence by asking the show’s host, Gates to to not to mention the fact about his distant relative.
As reported by NPR, Gates then email the Sony boss Michael Lynton about the request but unfortunately the supposed to be a private email was then leaked to the public. The email was on the list of WikiLeaks released hacked Sony emails.
The email read:
“[C]onfidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves,” Gates wrote. “We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”
Gates insisted to his team to simply choose to focus on other parts of Affleck’s family history.
As a result, PBS needs to postpone the third season of the show and deferred a fourth season until the network is “satisfied that the editorial standards of the series have been successfully raised to a level in which we can have confidence.”
Now, the station decided to bring on an additional researcher/fact-checker and hire an independent genealogist to “review all versions of program episodes for factual accuracy.”
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