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Ben Affleck Henry Louis Gates PBS

Third season cancelled

25 Jun, 2015

PBS cancels the third season of Finding Your Roots after an investigation reveals Affleck pressured producers to violate network standards by letting him have “improper influence” in leaving out details about an ancestor of his who owned slaves. PBS will not run the show’s third season until staffing changes are made, including hiring a fact checker. Gates:

I sincerely regret not discussing my editing rationale with our partners at PBS and WNET and I apologize for putting PBS and its member stations in the position of having to defend the integrity of their programming.