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The “Undercover Boss” TV star has taken a lot of heat for agreeing to a $48.5 billion merger between DirecTV and AT&T in May. A proposed class action lawsuit claimed that White is selling the satellite TV provider on the cheap, while the U.S. Senate’s antitrust panel expressed concerns that the deal could have a negative effect on consumers. Still, if approved, the alliance will make White an architect of America’s second-largest pay TV operator (after the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger in February), serving 26 million customers. Investors, meanwhile, have primarily cheered the direction the satellite TV provider is taking. DirecTV shares are up by 26% since the start of 2014. —Jeroen Ansink