Ben Affleck has killed PBS genealogy show ‘Finding Your Roots’ by requesting that his slave-owning ancestors be omitted from the show.
The show’s third season has been postponed until the production team hires a fact checker and an independent genealogist, according to the New York Times.
“We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found,” Mr. Gates wrote to a Sony executive, Michael Lynton, in July 2014. Mr. Gates added that this would violate PBS rules, and “once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand.”
PBS investigated and found that Affleck had “improper influence.” Now Finding Your Roots might not get renewed for a fourth season because PBS doesn’t have patience for a history show that might leave out the history.