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PBS Suspends “Finding Your Roots” Citing Ben Affleck’s Influence

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PBS postponed a third season of “Finding Your Roots” after determining that its editorial standards had been violated when Ben Affleck asked that a reference to a distant relative’s slave-holding past be deleted from the edition featuring him.

In a statement released last night — following a months-long investigation — PBS also said that it was “informing the co-producers” and host/producer Henry Louis Gates Jr. “that any commitment to a fourth season of ‘Finding Your Roots’ is being deferred until we are satisfied that the editorial standards of the series have been successfully raised to a level in which we can have confidence.”

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