CBS 'Hitler' producer steps down

— A production company executive working on a CBS miniseries about Hitler has resigned in the wake of attention stirred by his comments about the project.

Ed Gernon, an executive producer on "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," was asked to leave Alliance Atlantis earlier this week, Daily Variety reported. He was an executive vice president of movies and miniseries for the company.

Gernon gave an interview to TV Guide in which he said fear was behind the German public's acceptance of Hitler's policies.

Gernon also said Americans were supporting President Bush's Iraq policy "because of the fear of what will happen if they don't." He was not quoted directly linking Bush to Hitler.

Both CBS and Alliance Atlantis, while declining to comment on Gernon's departure, were critical of his comments and said they were not representative of the project.

CBS has already faced criticism for the miniseries, which depicts a young Hitler and his rise to power. Some observers have said they fear it will humanize him.

"We found Mr. Gernon's comments to TV Guide to be insensitive and outright wrong," the network said in a statement Thursday.

The four-hour drama, starring Robert Carlyle as Hitler before he became leader of Nazi Germany, is scheduled to air May 18 and 20.

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