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Finding Your Roots EP Reveals How Ben Affleck Scandal Helped PBS Show

When the Season 3 of Finding Your Roots premieres Jan. 5, much about the show will be different, though viewers are unlikely to notice. The PBS series, which explores the genealogy of celebrity guests, will boast an updated editorial process and a new producing station, Washington, D.C.s WETA, which takes over from New York's WNET. Those changes follow a PBS investigation into the shows decision not to include information about Ben Affleck 's slave-owning ancestors in a Season 2 episode featuring the actor. Leaked emails between executive producer and host Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton revealed that Affleck had requested that those details be excluded. Based on the internal review that we had done on that one particular episode, we decided to put some safeguards in place, Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive for PBS, told TheWrap in October when the show was renewed. Gates, a professor at Harvard University, spoke with TheWrap this week about those safeguards, the impact of the scandal on the series, and the police violence against African Americans that captured the nations attention in 2015. Read More...