We can’t say we’re surprised!
PBS has announced today that they are officially postponing the next season of Finding Your Roots after their big Ben Affleck controversy.
The network launched an internal investigation after it was reported that Affleck pressured producers into leaving details out about his ancestors owning slaves.
PBS has also said that they will not move forward with a third season until there are some staffing changes made AND they have a more solidified fact checking system!
Sounds like they’re cleaning house!
In response to this announcement, host and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. 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.”
We’re actually quite pleased with this thinking as it helps to reaffirm PBS’ credibility.
We’re sorry that Gates has to apologize though, as his response in the original leaked emails was that censoring would compromise the integrity of the show.
Regardless, we think PBS is making the right decision to hold off until they feel they can produce interesting, truthful content without leaving out important facts, no matter how damning they might be.
[Image via PBS.]