TV slave row Affleck ’embarrassed’

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Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Actor Ben Affleck has expressed regret for asking the makers of a discover-your-past TV show to exclude the fact that he had a slave-owning ancestor.

Affleck, 42, said on his Facebook page that he was “embarrassed” to have a show about his family “include a guy who owned slaves”, but added: “We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors.”

Gone Girl and Argo star Affleck’s request came to light last week in hacked Sony emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Broadcaster PBS has launched an internal inquiry into whether producers of Finding Your Roots broke the network’s editorial standards.

The episode featuring Affleck was shown last October with the information about his ancestor omitted.

The review by PBS and station WNET began on Saturday, according to a statement by PBS.

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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