The host of the show ”Finding Your Roots” Henry Louis Gates Jr. has admitted in a recent interview that he was “over” Ben Affleck scam and had learnt a good lesson from that. Ben Affleck scam had put the show on the rock in 2014. In that controversial episode a reference was made to Affleck’ ancestor as slave owner, which was omitted while editing, on Ben’ request and this news got spread before the show was aired. As a result the producer had to withdraw that episodes’ distribution to prove their shows’ content transparency.
Page Six reports that Gates Jr. had admitted this in an interview during the series’ third season premiere. He says, “What happened with Ben, I have learned from it. I am over that controversy — that ship has sailed — it was a learning experience, and the show is bigger and better now.” He further added that their show has a fame of giving accurate genealogical details of celebrity and in future would not omit any facts that are found in research.
The show “Finding Your Root with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” was first aired on 2012 and its second season was aired in 2014. Ben Affleck scam took place in this season. Henry Louis Gate, Jr. is a Harvard University scholar, he host the show since first season.
In a report, Fox News says that on 2014 the show had to hold a particular episode for standard violation. The episode had edited and removed the reference to Affleck’s ancestor as slave owner. PBS had launched an investigating team after a report was spread that Affleck had requested the show to omit the part that had reference to Affleck’s ancestor having slave owning history.
Wiki leak had already posted that they had archived emails from Sony hacking where it was found that emails were exchanged between the shows’ host Gate and the higher executive of Sony discussing the guidelines regarding what to omit in the episode on Affleck. Gates had apologized to the public and ensured that he would adhere to shows’ new guideline which emphasize on greater transparency of the content.
The next season of the show is going to start from January 2016. So now it’s time to see how far the promise is kept for season 3.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Henry Louis Gates, Jr.