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'Wheel of Fortune' regrets background controversy

The producers of Wheel of Fortune have expressed “regret” for featuring a background image that many viewers interpreted as depicting enslaved black women during a recently aired episode. “We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast,” executive producer Harry Friedman said in a statement to EW.

During the June 15 episode of Wheel, which was filmed as part of the game show’s “Southern Charm” week, a background image depicted two black women on a plantation wearing clothing reminiscent of the antebellum South. The image ignited criticism on social media.

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