Ben Affleck made news basically for trying not to make news. The actor ask Finding Your Roots‘ Henry Louis Gates Jr. to censor his slave-owning ancestor from his family tree out of embarrassment. Gates asked Sony chief Michael Lynton for his opinion on Affleck’s plea through an email. That exchange, and consequently, Affleck’s ancestry, was made public on WikiLeaks.
So there’s no point in trying to censor now since the news is already out there. Affleck decided to come out and make a statement on the controversy.