PBS has decided to suspend the TV show, Finding Your Roots, after its discovery that an episode involving Ben Affleck had been edited to grant the actor’s request to hide certain details about his ancestry.
The episode was aired in 2014, which should have revealed about one of Affleck’s ancestors being an owner of slaves.
The fact deeply embarrassed the actor that he made a request that this particular data be omitted from his episode.
And PBS just found out the whole truth when Sony was hacked last December. The network came across a number of emails that confirmed the Ben Affleck incident.
Due to violation of ethical standards, PBS suspended the TV show indefinitely until such time that it comes up with a new editorial guidelines.
Affleck, on the otherhand, had already apologized for the incident.
Posted on Facebook were the actor’s apologetic words.
“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”
But he had realized the mistake and nurtures hope that there could be more open discussions about American origins.
“We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”
Ben Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner, whose ten-year relationship is now also being rumored to be on the rocks. But the couple is also doing their best to save it for the sake of their kids.