Cable Network Cancels KKK Docuseries After Learning Participants Were Paid

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A&E, the cable network that gives airtime to the homophobic Duck Dynasty clan, has canceled an eight-part miniseries about the KKK, after allegedly discovering their producers hired people to be on the show.

In a statement released on Christmas Eve, an A&E spokesman said the network learned that the show's producers - from a third-party production company - made cash payments to "facilitate access" to participants, which violates A&E policy.

The biggest reason the network chose to cancel among ethical factors was because they promised the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, and the general public that no payments were being made to the KKK during the filming of the documentary. With all of the bad publicity--and now this monetary issue coming to light, it's easy to see why A&E has made a decision to cancel the project.

In a statement, the network said that it had decided not to air the program after being made aware that field producers had made payments to interview subjects in exchange for access, in violation of ethics policies regarding documentaries.

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Barely two weeks before the documentary was supposed to debut on January 10, the network announced Saturday that it was pulling the show from the schedule because the subjects of the series had been paid by producers. "We will still seek to fight hate in America through on-air programming including town halls and documentary programs produced in partnership with civil rights organizations, as well as continue to work with the civil rights community to facilitate a deeper dialogue on ending hate through comprehensive educational and outreach campaigns". "Our goal with this series has been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms", A&E said in a statement.

When the show was first announced, the network immediately received backlash from prominent actors like Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy), as well as on social media. The story noted that the controversial series, which was ordered about a year and a half ago, caused some "soul-searching" in the A&E executive ranks. On of the Klan members in the trailer is seen saying, "I wanna be the next David Duke".

Chris Buckley, a Grand Knighthawk with the North Georgia White Knights, also appears on the show.

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