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Ben Affleck Causes PBS to Push Back 'Finding Your Roots'

Ben Affleck Causes PBS to Push Back 'Finding Your Roots'

PBS is delaying the third season of its show Finding Your Roots after an internal review determined that Ben Affleck improperly influenced the show to leave out facts about his ancestors owning slaves.

The review states that the series’ co-producers “violated PBS standards by failing to shield the creative and editorial process from improper influence, and by failing to inform PBS or WNET of Mr. Affleck‘s efforts to affect program content.”

Back in April, it was reported that Ben asked the show to edit the episode, which aired in October 2014.

“PBS will also withdraw episode #204 from all forms of distribution including on-air, digital platforms and home video,” PBS said.

Soon after, Ben wrote a lengthy post on Facebook apologizing for his actions.

“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves,” he wrote. “I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth. I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story.”

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