Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 10.00.50 AMBen Affleck’s slavery past is now affecting the future of PBS’s Finding Your Roots, which is hosted by Henry Louis Gates. Earlier this year, the Sony hack revealed that Affleck’s family’s slavery owning past was omitted from his episode.

PBS announced the future of the show on its site stating that they were “postponing the scheduling of the third season of Finding Your Roots pending the production team’s implementation of staffing and other process changes that will significantly enhance the ability of PBS and WETA to oversee the editorial development of each episode on a timely basis, and to ensure that the problems that arose in episode #204 will be avoided in the future”

In a statement on Wednesday, to the The New York Times, Gates said: “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.”

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  • Glowbug21

    Pitiful lost his show because of some dishonest white man. It was actually a pretty good show. Oh, well… (Eeyore voice)

  • Chazz A

    I read the email between Dr Gates and CEO Lynton on wiki leaks when it was released. It was a foolish idea and ruined Dr Gates’ credibility. I’ve lost respect for him which is disappointing because I enjoyed the program.

  • Delia

    I’m glad PBS made this move. Gates really damaged their reputation as a transparent broadcasting network.

  • binks

    I will accept Mr. Gates apology but I don’t feel sorry for the heat he is getting because A) it should have been explained that when you research your history especially when the research is televised then you take the good with the bad regardless of what is found and B) a white person with slave owning ancestors should not be shocking in America despite if the person is a celebrity or not, so I don’t get the controversy. He should have not put himself on the line because Ben Affleck was scared and running from his past. I wish more people stand firm in their professional ethics and integrity and not waffle. It really was a good show and I do hope they continue. And hopefully, they focused more on finding the ancestors of African Americans. No offense but I am sure Ben Affleck could research his family tree rather easily compared to others.

  • drm

    I knew once this show started featuring white people one of them would find out something they did not want to reveal. Always thought the show was B.S. anyway.