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Wheel of Fortune in hot seat after photos of possible slaves shown on TV

(Photo: Twitter: Joshua Itiola) (Photo: Twitter: Joshua Itiola)

For “Southern Charm Week,” Wheel of Fortune decided to air a photo of an old plantation home. Which of itself doesn’t sound so bad. Until the internet saw what looked like slaves in the photo as well.

And that’s definitely not good.  

After the swift backlash, officials from the show said that they’ll correct the image and will not show it on re-runs of the episode.

“We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast,” said Harry Friedman, the show’s executive producer, to the New York Daily News.

Southern Charm Week aired in March.

The photo was taken in 2005 while the TV show was on location at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. Representatives of Oak Alley said they don’t employ people to role play as slaves, but do employ anyone of any color and have them wear period clothing. 

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