Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris will trace their family history with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the PBS show. All three celebrities descend from ancestors that were part of the wave of Greek immigrants that flooded America’s shores in the early decades of the 20th century. Along the way, the stories of their Greek ancestors were lost, and they’ll discover them over the course of the program.
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Fey, whose first name is short for “Stamatina,” has Greek roots on her maternal side; her mother, Jeanne (née Xenakes) is of Greek descent.
Stephanopoulos was born to Greek immigrants, Robert George and Nickolitsa “Nikki” Gloria (née Chafos). His father is a Greek Orthodox priest and Dean Emeritus of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City, and his mother was for many years director of the national news service of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Sedaris’s father is Greek-Orthodox, and the author has shared many stories about growing up in a Greek family.
The episode is scheduled to air November 18 on PBS at 8PM EST.