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Wheel Of Fortune's 'Southern Charm' Week Used Slaves? (Video)

| by Michael Allen

"Wheel of Fortune" appeared to use a photograph of slaves as a background during its "Southern Charm" week (video below).

The depiction of African-American women wearing slave-period clothing outraged some Twitter users, according to the New York Daily News.

"Someone please tell me why [Wheel of Fortune] has slaves in their 'Southern Charm Week' images?" one user wrote on June 15.

"This is also absolutely ridiculous," another added later that day. "Wtf is happening to our country????" 

"Southern Charm" week reportedly airs in March, but was apparently rerun this time.

In response to the outrage, "Wheel of Fortune" executive producer Harry Friedman told the news site: "We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast."

"Wheel of Fortune" producers reportedly took the controversial picture during a shoot at the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, in 2005.

Hillary Loeber, a spokesperson for the Oak Alley Plantation, said there are tour guides of all skin tones who wear period clothing on the plantation.

In more TV controversy, WVIT, an NBC-owned and operated station in West Hartford, Connecticut, will not air a NBC News interview with Megan Kelly and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on June 18.

Jones, who runs Infowars, has suggested that the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 was a hoax. Newtown is in WVIT's TV media market.

TVNewser obtained an internal memo from WVIT that explained the station's decision:

Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal.

Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on NBCNews.com.

Meanwhile, Jones' ex-wife has reportedly threatened to "trash" Kelly and her ex-spouse if she is not included in the NBC News report.

Kelly Jones' possible trashing will take the form of an op-ed against her ex-husband and the NBC News host, who told NBC executives "that [including Jones' ex-wife] would then be a hit piece without giving him the chance to respond.

"I said I wasn't going to do a hit piece," Megyn Kelly told NBC executives, according to Mediaite. "I’m not going to a hit piece."

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