Wheel of Fortune Apologizes for Using Slave Images

Wheel of Fortune apologizes for including images of slaves during the show

Wheel of Fortune—the game show that stole the concept of the kindergarten-game hangman and turned it into a $100 million empire—has apologized for using slave imagery in a March episode.

The New York Daily News reports that Wheel of Fortune producers issued an apology for including images of slaves during the show after a viewer shared them on Twitter.

In the episode that originally aired in March during “Southern Charm Week,” a plantation can be seen behind Pat Sajak and Vanna White (also known as “the white Kiki Shepard”) with slaves mingling about in the foreground. The images were reportedly captured at the Oak Alley Plantation in 2005.

 “We regret the use of this background image,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman, adding that they will replace the images in future rebroadcasts of the episode.
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