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Ben Affleck says he regrets asking PBS host to ignore slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck says he regrets asking PBS host to ignore slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck says he was embarrassed to learn he had a distant relative who had owned slaves and for that reason asked the host of PBS' "Finding Your Roots" to leave that detail out of the story of his family history. "I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth," the "Batman v. Superman" star said in a Tuesday statement on Facebook. Affleck explained that he had lobbied Henry Louis Gates Jr., the show's executive producer as well as its host, "the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should...

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