Why would Henry Louis Gates risk “Finding Your Roots” for Ben Affleck?

Did Skip Gates just get caught up on celebrity? His show has been put on hold. Wonder was it worth it? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/business/media/citing-ben-afflecks-improper-influence-pbs-suspends-finding-your-roots.html?_r=0

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