“Scott Sassa, the producer of the History Channel series, “The Bible” quickly exited his $6 million position as president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication this week over a sexting scandal with a stripper. The New York Post reports that there’s more to Sassa’s exit than just sexting explicit messages on his company phone. The publication’s sources state that the former Hearst executive was also checking out the “high class” escort site, Kingzzz.com while on the job.”
The LA Times reports, “Sassa’s resignation was confirmed Thursday after the New York Post published a story saying Sassa had been cavorting with strippers and one — in partnership with her boyfriend — had tried to blackmail him and sent texts he’d written to senior officials at the magazine and television company. … Sassa also oversaw Hearst’s partnership with powerful producer Mark Burnett, whose latest program — “The Bible” — has scored big ratings for History.”
In 2011, Hearst hired “The Bible” producer Mark Barnett to form a parnership with the ousted Sassa for the purpose of creating hit television shows. One of these, apparently, is “The Bible”. It reminds of of Peter’s warning in 2 Peter 2:3: “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” They are exploiting us with false words in order in their greed to make merchandise of us, aren’t they?
I had asked in one of the blog essays about this tv series “The Bible”, can anything good come from leaven that was kneaded by people who are enemies of God?
As we see with this unfortunate story about the producer who was fired.
As for the people and organizations who say that The Bible series can be a useful ‘hook’ to get people interested in Jesus and holy things, well, if the producer who is intimately involved in shaping the series like a nurtured child and bringing it to fruition was so immune to The Bible’s charms, what hope has someone else to come away from the series with a right view of the righteousness of Jesus? Not so much, if you ask me.