By Cassidy Taylor
“Finding Your Roots,” a new show hosted by PBS, explores the history of notable families through genealogy. And who better to feature than actor Kevin Bacon?
The show brought “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” – a game that links people to the famous actor in only six steps – to a whole new level; revealing that there is more than just a loving bond between Bacon and his wife.
Kyra Sedgwick, who has been married to Bacon for 23 years and is mother of their two children (son Travis, 22, and daughter Sosie, 19) has been linked to her husband as a distant cousin.
Host of the PBS show, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., confirms the DNA connection in a report to Zap2It.com. The married couple “are indeed distant cousins,” reports Gates. “Talk about six degrees of separation, right?”
The news of being distantly related didn’t seem to faze the couple. After the connection had been revealed, Bacon tweeted, “Watch @FindingYourRoots Sunday 8PM #PBS me and @kyrasedgwick looking at our family history. And great Music by #MichaelBacon!”
When signing on to be a part of the show, celebrities agree to share their family histories – no matter how uncomfortable the results may be. In the end, Gates says he hopes that “Finding Your Roots” will prove to Americans that people are not as disconnected from one another as they might think.
Other episodes include celebrities such as Barbara Walters, Harry Connick, Jr., John Legend, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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