#Slaves, “Southern Charm” and the @WheelofFortune

‘Wheel of Fortune’ issues statement after appearing to use slave background in “Southern Charm” week

In response to the controversy, series executive producer Harry Friedman has issued the following statement to Entertainment Weekly: “We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast.”

Photographer Joshua Itiola posted a short video on Twitter including the image, asking, “Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their ‘Southern Charm Week’ images?” Itiola’s tweet, which can be seen below, has been retweeted more than 3,000 times, and has prompted hundreds of comments criticizing the show.

Sources told Entertainment Weekly that the image was shot in 2005 at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, while the series was filming on location around New Orleans. The women seen in the background are tour guides employed by Oak Alley.

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