Ben Affleck 'regrets' lobbying PBS over slave-owning ancestor

April 22, 2015 4:31 AM

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Ben Affleck was embarrassed to discover that one of his ancestors owned slaves—and he successfully lobbied the producer of the PBS show Finding Your Roots to exclude that detail from an episode that aired in October. The Oscar winner acknowledged as much in a Facebook post on Tuesday night, after both hacked Sony emails revealed the behind-the-scenes deliberations about his requests and PBS and WNET/Thirteen in New York announced a subsequent investigation into the decision to censor material.

“After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves.

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