Few days back, the controversial comment of cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on the popular celebrity talk show, Koffee With Karan, made headlines. The host of the show, Karan Johar, was also attacked by the netizens who held him responsible for the whole incident.
Saying that, he apologized for what happened and admitted that the conversation “may have crossed boundaries”.
Holding himself responsible for the remarks made on “Koffee with Karan”, he said he spent sleepless nights wondering how to “undo this damage”. Pandya and Rahul were widely slammed for their remarks that were labelled misogynistic and sexist and the cricketers have now been provisionally suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), pending an inquiry.
Talking about it, Karan said, “I’m not justifying the conversation that happened on the episode. I’m saying that perhaps things were said that may have crossed boundaries and I apologize because it was my platform where it happened.”
Saying that the boys have “paid the price” for what happened on the episode, Karan said, “I haven’t spoken about it really… I feel very responsible because it was my show and my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussions of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many sleepless nights, just wondering about how I can undo this damage. Who is going to listen to me? It has now gone into a zone that is beyond my control.”
Calling himself a feminist, he further added, “And then there was talk about me actually enjoying the TRP. I don’t care about the TRPs. This is a spin-off… It’s not my career, it’s theirs. I don’t care about the ratings. People don’t understand that an English language show is never dependent on its ratings. We are nowhere in the radar of ratings. It was not ratings, it was meant to be my show and I want to say it is frivolous. It is sometimes completely borderline ridiculous, irreverent, candid and stops making sense… That’s the show,”
Well, on the other hand, even Hotstar removed the episode from its site stating, “Certain remarks/comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan may hurt the sentiments of our users/viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect.”
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