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.
Safechuck claimed Jackson sexually assaulted him from 1988 to 1992. While both under oath and in the documentary interviews, he explained one particular incident happened at the Neverland train station, but the train station didn’t begin construction until 1993.
The picture below was taken on August 25, 1993. The train station wasn’t there (top of image). Work on the floral clock had started.
The construction of the actual building was approved by Santa Barbara County on September 2, 1993 (see below).
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— Mike Smallcombe (@mikesmallcombe1) April 2, 2019
Oprah Winfrey also seems to be distancing herself from the documentary. All of her public tweets regarding Leaving Neverland have been removed and the interviews she conducted have disappeared from her YouTube channel.
The Jackson estate is also suing HBO over the airing of the documentary and Jackson’s nephews are reportedly raising money to create a counter documentary.
Both HBO and Oprah have yet to comment publicly.