A&E has canceled its upcoming documentary series about Ku Klux Klan members after learning that the subjects had received payment for their involvement.
The cable network A&E has canceled the upcoming series "Escaping the KKK," which was originally titled "Generation KKK," before its Jan. 10 premiere date.
The eight-part series was to follow members of the Ku Klux Klan as they broke away from the hate group. The title was changed from "Generation KKK" to "Escaping the KKK" in order to better convey that the show was documentary journalism rather than reality television, according to The Huffington Post. A&E planned to end the series with a town hall-style special to discuss putting an end to hate in America.
After the series was announced, the network was heavily criticized, as some felt the series would unintentionally normalize the KKK.
A&E described the series as examining "anti-hate extractors" who seek to help members free themselves from the hate group, which has a history of violence against black people, Jews, immigrants, and other groups.
According to the New York Post, the network announced in a statement on Dec. 24 that it "learned last night from the third-party producers ... that cash payments -- which we currently understand to be nominal -- were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access ... these payments are a direct violation of A&E's policies and practices."
The series has been canceled by A&E prior to the scheduled January premiere.