‘Wheel of Fortune’ apologizes for using slave images during ‘Southern Charm’ week


"Wheel of Fortune" has apologized for using a backdrop for its "Southern Charm" week that appeared to show African-Americans dressed as slaves on a plantation.

"Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their 'Southern Charm Week' images?" wrote a user named Joshua Itiola on Twitter alongside a video of the backdrop being used on the show, igniting a whole controversy on Twitter and uproar over the image.

The biggest concern was over the fact that the image of a plantation, which has deep ties to the history of slavery in the South, would be used to demonstrate "Southern Charm," in addition to the uproar over the appearance of slaves.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Season 10 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Pat Sajak, hostess Vanna White -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
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WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanna White, Pat Sajak -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanna White, Pat Sajak -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Pictured: (l-r) Host: Pat Sajak with unknown contestants -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Pictured: (l-r) Vanna White, Pat Sajak -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 175 -- Pictured: (l-r) 'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 19, 1993 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White answers media questions prior to taping the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White stands next to the puzzle board during the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak answers media questions prior to taping the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 7: Host Pat Sajak listens as (seated, left to right) Co-Host Vanna White speaks with Washington Redskins Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals during the Wheel of Fortune NFL Players Week taping on December 7, 2004 at The Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for PLAYERS INC.)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak answers media questions prior to taping the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Wheel of Fortune Co-host Vanna White receives A Star On The Walk Of Fame on April 20, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Wheel of Fortune Co-host Vanna White receives A Star On The Walk Of Fame on April 20, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 7: (left to right) Torry Holt of the St. Louis Rams, Warrick Dunn of the Atlanta Falcons, Brandon Stokley of the Indianapolis Colts, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Drew Brees of the San Diego Chargers, Co-Host Vanna White, Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears, Host Pat Sajak, Nate Burleson of the Minnesota Vikings, Kurt Warner of the New York Giants, Robert Gallery of the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, Jevon Kearse of the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, Willie McGinest of the New England Patriots, Donnie Edwards of the San Diego Chargers and Rod Smith of the Denver Broncos pose for a photo on the set during the Wheel of Fortune NFL Players Week taping on December 7, 2004 at The Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for PLAYERS INC.)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 31: Vanna White, who has been turning letters on the Wheel of Fortune for 30 years, in action on July, 31, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Vanna White, center, who has been turning letters on the Wheel of Fortune for 30 years, laughs while interacting with the audience with host Pat Sajak, right, during a taping on July, 30, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Vanna White, who has been turning letters on the Wheel of Fortune for 30 years, walks onstage for another taping on July, 30, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
400776 02: First Lt. Angelina Maguinness (L) and 2nd Lt. Joe Thompkins of the 547th Intelligence Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, NV appeared on the television game show 'Wheel of Fortune.' Pat Sajak, a former member of the Air Force, hosts the popular program. Several episodes of the show, taped in Las Vegas, offered many Air Force members and their families the opportunity to compete. The shows were taped in February. (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: The hosts of Wheel of Fortune Vanna White (L) and Pat Sajak are honored by Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
Pat Sajak, Host of 'Wheel of Fortune', Vanna White, Co-Host of 'Wheel of Fortune' and Alex Trebek, Host of 'Jeopardy!' (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 09/04/1986 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wheel of Fortune co host Vanna White during an interview with host Johnny Carson on September 4, 1986 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: (R) Host of the TV game show 'Wheel Of Fortune' Pat Sajak and model Vanna White feed each other cake at the the 25th anniversary celebration of 'Wheel Of Fortune' at Radio City Music Hall September 27, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: The TV game show 'Wheel Of Fortune' celebrates its 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 27, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Theresa Feeney, actress Sandra Lee; April Baker, actor Montel Williams, Dolly DeSantis and actress Kristan Cunningham guess at a puzzle during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Host Pat Sajak, Tara Carroll, Paula Deen, James Thompson, actor Steve Schirripa, Joy Bryant and actress Sherri Shepherd during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Host Pat Sajak greets Nancy Kaufman, actress Paige Hemmis, Susan Moran, actor Jeff Probst, Nick Giovine and actress Alison Sweeney during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Co-host Vanna White, Montel Williams, Sandra Lee, Kristan Cunningham and host Pat Sajak pose for photos during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Harry Friedman, the show's executive producer, apologized for the image and said that it would not be used in re-runs when the episode was rebroadcast.

"We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast," he said in a statement to the Daily News.

The photo was shot on-location Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Lousiana. A spokesperson for the plantation said that the plantation does not have actors portraying slaves but that people do dress up in the clothing of that era to give tours. The spokeswoman, Hillary Loeber, said that people of all races are employed by the plantation.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE -- Season 10 -- Pictured: Hostess Vanna White -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
Vanna White at a book signing for 'Vanna Speaks'; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 13: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Vanna White Unveils New Clothing Line' on October 13, 1987 at Bloomingdale's in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - MARCH 30: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Battle Of The Network Stars' on March 30, 1984 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Vanna White Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
File Photo of Vanna White at her home in Los Angeles, Calif. taken 9/7/85. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 1: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed at 'Exclusive Photo Session' on April 1, 1984 at her home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 28: TV Personality Vanna White attending the premiere party for 'Down And Out In Beverly Hills' on January 28, 1986 at Pips in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Vanna White during Vanna White sighting at Pips - March 17, 1986 at Pips in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Aired 09/04/1986 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wheel of Fortune co host Vanna White during an interview with host Johnny Carson on September 4, 1986 -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: TV Personality Vanna White and date attending 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 1986 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 7: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on November 7, 1986 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 8: TV personality Vanna White and actor Billy Hufsey on December 8, 1986 dine at Nicky Blair's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1987: Vanna White circa 1987 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
Vanna White waving close-up at her book signing for 'Vanna Speaks' 1987. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1987: Actress Vanna White poses for a portrait in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 15: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Easter Special' on March 15, 1987 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANAUARY 14: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on January 14, 1987 at Nicky Blair's Restaurant in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NORWALK, CT - MAY 21: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'In Store Appearance Signing Vanna Speaks' on May 21, 1987 at Caldor's in Norwalk, Connecticut. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 15: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Easter Special' on March 15, 1987 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on September 9, 1987 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 29: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on March 29, 1991 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Debut of the Special Edition Vanna White Fashion Doll' on December 3, 1992 at Lionel Kiddee City in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 22: TV Personality Vanna White being photographed on November 22, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: TV Personality Vanna White attending 'Video Software Dealers Association Convention' on July 11, 1993 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 1: TV Personality Vanna White attending the taping of 'Bob Hope's Birthday Celebration' on May 1, 1993 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Vanna White during The 15th Carousel Of Hope Ball - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White stands next to the puzzle board during the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - DECEMBER 9 : Wheel of Fortune host Vanna White answers media questions prior to taping the show at the Broward County Convention Center on December 9, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
Vanna White (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images)
Vanna White during 16th Carousel of Hope Presented by Mercedes-Benz to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Pat Sajak, Host of 'Wheel of Fortune', Vanna White, Co-Host of 'Wheel of Fortune' and Alex Trebek, Host of 'Jeopardy!' (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Vanna White during Vanna White Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Her Achievements in Television at Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
ORANGE, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Television personalty Vanna White arrives at the premiere of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, held at Chapman University on February 10, 2007 in Orange, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Model Vanna White attends the 25th anniversary celebration of the television game show 'Wheel Of Fortune' at Radio City Music Hall September 27, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10: Television personality Vanna White poses at the celebration for the opening of the Garrard flagship store at Two Rodeo on July 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Vanna White attends the 'Hollywood Bag Ladies' Lupus Luncheon hosted by Marla Maples and chaired by Sharon Stone at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 7, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Host Pat Sajak (R) and co-host Vanna White pose for photos during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-host Vanna White greets the contestants during a taping of 'Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week' celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
TV host Vanna White attends the U.S. Launch Event for New Lotus Cars at a private residence on November 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Vanna White arrives at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: The hosts of Wheel of Fortune Vanna White (L) and Pat Sajak are honored by Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame Campaign in Central Park on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LA HABRA, ORANGE, CA - AUGUST 15: Vanna White, co-host of the 'Wheel of Fortune' television show, visits The Gary Center on August 15, 2011 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Vanna White arrives at the Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Vanna White attends the 50th Anniversary Of The Merv Griffin Show at Sony Pictures Studios on November 19, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ser Baffo/WireImage)
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