Ben Affleck asked PBS to ignore slave-owning ancestor on 'Finding Your Roots'

April 20, 2015 6:13 AM

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Ben Affleck asked PBS to ignore slave-owning ancestor on 'Finding Your Roots'

In a July 2014 email exchange between Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosts the genealogy show Finding Your Roots, and Sony USA chief Michael Lynton, the two discuss Affleck's request to have details about a slave-owning ancestor kept out of the show.

"One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors -- the fact that he owned slaves," Gates told Lynton. "Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns.

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