‘Finding Your Roots' on hold over Ben Affleck's ‘improper influence'

"I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed," Affleck wrote on Facebook.

    2015/06/26

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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — PBS is postponing the third season of the celebrity genealogy show 'Finding Your Roots' after they learned that the show's producers bowed under pressure from Ben Affleck who requested details about his ancestor's slave ownership be withheld from an episode he was featured in.

When the show aired in October, not a word was mentioned about Affleck's great-great-great grandpa Benjamin Cole's dirty little secret. And it would have remained a secret too, if it weren't for the hacked Sony documents released by Wikileaks.

PBS said the producers violated network standards by allowing Affleck to have "improper influence."

"I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed," Affleck wrote on Facebook. "The very thought of it left a bad taste in my mouth."

The show's host Henry Louis Gates Jr. knew censoring the show might be a problem. "Once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand," he wrote to a Sony executive in an email.

PBS is now suspending season three until they add a fact checker to the show's staff.

Affleck also said in his Facebook apology that he regrets his initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story.
Ben Affleck isn't the only celebrity to have a slave owners in his ancestry.
Ben Affleck isn't the only celebrity to have a slave owners in his ancestry. "Anderson Cooper's ancestor was a real s.o.b.; one of his slaves actually murdered him," Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote in an email.
Finding Your Roots has is looking to hire a fact checker to make sure producers aren't censored by the celebrities they feature. PBS
Finding Your Roots has is looking to hire a fact checker to make sure producers aren't censored by the celebrities they feature. PBS
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