In a Facebook post Tuesday, the actor-director wrote that he was sorry for asking the Henry Louis Gates Jr.-hosted show to censor his slave-owning ancestor from his installment, which aired Oct. 14, 2014. The news that Affleck asked the show to hide his ancestor came out through hacked Sony emails made public last week by WikiLeaks. The emails revealed that Gates reached out to Sony chief Michael Lynton for his take on Affleck’s request, with Lynton advising that Gates respect Affleck’s wishes.
Below is Mr Affleck’s statement:
PBS has launched an internal investigation into the scandal to “determine whether or not all of PBS’ editorial standards were observed,” the network said Tuesday in a statement
PBS and WNET have opened an investigation after the revelation that Ben Affleck requested his slave-owner ancestry be censored from the PBS program Finding Your Roots.
“PBS and WNET are conducting an internal review led by our respective programming teams of the circumstances around the Finding Your Roots episode ‘Roots of Freedom,’ ” the pubcasters said in a joint statement on Tuesday. The probe follows hacked Sony emails that surfaced last Friday indicating Affleck asked for certain aspects of his origins to be removed from his family tree on the PBS program, which is hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The joint statement said Gates and his producers responded quickly to initial questioning from PBS over the controversy but that further investigation was required. “In order to gather the facts to determine whether or not all of PBS’ editorial standards were observed, on Saturday, April 18, we began an internal review,” it said.
“We have been moving forward deliberately yet swiftly to conduct this review,” added the broadcasters.
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