A rep for HBO has denied claims that the network is pulling its Leaving Neverland documentary, countering a report by radio station 93.9 WKYS.
Quentin Schaffer, HBO’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, first refuted the story when asked by Okayplayer. H
“Leaving Neverland remains on the HBO linear channel through April 16th after which it will continue to be available on HBO NOW and HBO GO,” the network said. “The documentary is already the second most watched on HBO in the past ten years with 7.5 million viewers for Part 1.”
It appears HBO has planned to stop airing the Leaving Neverland documentary this month. According to HBO’s website, the only listing for the Michael Jackson-related series is April 17. There are no further dates listed after that even though the original end time was scheduled for September.
The integrity of Jackson’s accusers — James Safechuck and Wade Robson — was called into question earlier this month after a key component in Safechuck’s account of sexual abuse was proved to be impossible.
By Damilola Faustino