There’s no grey area here… it’s officially over!
While A&E is currently on a ratings high thanks to Leah Remini‘s Scientology and the Aftermath, lightning isn’t about to strike twice for the Arts & Entertainment Network.
That’s because their new reality show Generation KKK has been cancelled less than a week after it was announced last Monday!
While the eight-part docuseries was originally supposed to premiere this January, the network decided to rename the reality show Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America on Friday due to negative reactions from fans and celebs like Ellen Pompeo!
However, that questionable change clearly wasn’t enough to erase the bad press… because they cancelled it completely just a day later!
Apparently, despite initially claiming Klan members were not paid for their participation, the network’s statement announcing the cancellation shows that was not actually the case:
“The documentary Escaping the KKK was intended to serve as a close look at anti-hate extractors focused on helping people leave the Ku Klux Klan — the racist hate group with a long history of violence against African Americans and others. Our goal with this series has always been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms.
However, A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access. While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary. We had previously provided assurances to the public and to our core partners — including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change — that no payment was made to hate group members, and we believed that to be the case at the time. We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.
A&E takes the authenticity of its documentary programming and the subject of racism, hatred, and violence very seriously. Just because this particular show goes away, the issues of hate in America do not. We will still seek to fight hate in America through on-air programming including town halls and documentary programs produced in partnership with civil rights organizations, as well as continue to work with the civil rights community to facilitate a deeper dialogue on ending hate through comprehensive educational and outreach campaigns.”
While we’re glad these racists won’t be getting a platform to preach their hate, paying people to be on unscripted television is an industry standard — so it’s just to whom that’s giving them cause to cancel.
It sounds to us like the documentary series just wasn’t worth the IRL drama!
Although, now what will they find to replace Duck Dynasty??
[Image via A&E.]