Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Reacts To Axed ‘Kennedys’ Miniseries
First Published: January 24, 2011 7:36 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
PARK CITY, Utah -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has reacted to the news that “The Kennedys” – a miniseries about his family, including his late uncle, President John F. Kennedy — was axed from airing on The History Channel.
At the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, where he was promoting the documentary film, “The Last Mountain,” Robert, the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy Sr., admitted his knowledge of the project was sparse, but he seemed glad it had been pulled.
“You know, I don’t know much about it… My understanding of it was that it was historically inaccurate, that it was created by a group of people who had an extreme and ingrained hostility towards my family and that they, you know, they twisted history,” he told Access Hollywood on Monday. “I don’t think that — in any case, whoever it’s about — that we should be teaching history to Americans that is not true.”
When asked if the Kennedy family had any influence on the miniseries, which stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy, being pulled from the network, Robert said, “not that I know of.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, in early January, The History Channel canceled plans to air the series.
“Upon completion of the production of ‘The Kennedys,’ History has decided not to air the eight-part miniseries on the network,” the network previously told Access in a statement. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.
“We recognize historical fiction is an important medium for storytelling and commend all the hard work and passion that has gone into the making of the series, but ultimately deem this as the right programming decision for our network,” the statement continued.
Days after The History Channel canceled their plans to air the miniseries, Showtime too, passed on “The Kennedys.”
“Although ‘The Kennedys’ is well produced, well acted and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit Showtime’s programming brand,” a rep for the cable network previously said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
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