‘ Roots’ host says sorry for edit
The host of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” has apologized after a review faulted him for his handling of a show about Ben Affleck.
The review found that Emmy- winning Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosts the program that examines the family trees of celebrities, inappropriately bowed to pressure from Aff leck. The actor wanted one of his slave- owning ancestors excised from the show.
Gates and his fellow producers “violated PBS standards by failing to shield the creative and editorial proc- ess from improper inf luence,” a summary of the review provided to the media on Wednesday said. Gates and producers also failed to inform PBS or WNET, the PBS member station where the program originates, of Aff leck’s “efforts to affect program content,” the summary said.
PBS said it would delay the upcoming season of “Finding Your Roots” until it was satisfied the program would not make the same mistake again. The network is also requiring producers to hire an independent genealogist to verify the facts put forth on the program.
Gates immediately issued an apology in the wake of the summary’s release.