Karan Johar opens up on Rahul-Pandya: The renowned celebrity was apologetic for the consequences of his talk show on the cricketers.
Renowned director, producer and anchor Karan Johar finally opened up on the infamous episode of his talk show ‘Koffee With Karan’. The episode involving India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya gained limelight for all the wrong reasons as it ended up being removed from online streaming platform Hotstar.
The cricketer-duo, who were the first from the cricketing fraternity to be invited on the show, have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India following their comments which were termed as misogynist and inappropriate.
In an interview with ET Now, Johar admitted that he feels ‘responsible’ for it was his platform. “I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility,” Johar was quoted as saying.
Johar disclosed that he has had sleepless nights post all that had happened. “I have had so many so many sleepless nights, wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control,” Johar said.
Not wanting to defend himself, Johar added that his role as a host has no control on the answers which come his way. “I have to say and I don’t defend myself when I say this. I have to say that the questions that I asked the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. Deepika [Padukone] and Alia [Bhatt] were on the show, I asked them those questions. I have no control about the answers that come my way,” he added.
Johar also pointed out the fact that his show is entirely run by women (16-17 girls). He mentioned that the girls found Pandya mad, crazy, wild and funny but none of them had any issue whatsoever with the answers being given on the show. Apologizing for all that happened on his platform, Johar said that the boys have paid the price for it already.
“I am just saying is that I think that perhaps things were said that may have crossed boundaries and I apologise because it was my platform from where it happened. I feel the boys have faced the price for it already,” Johar concluded.
Watch the full video below:
Karan Johar breaks his silence for the 1st time post Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul controversy on his #KoffeeWithKaran show. Full interview #ComingUp only on ET NOW. Stay tuned! #Davos @karanjohar @SupriyaShrinate @hardikpandya7 @klrahul11 #WEF2019 @wef pic.twitter.com/HERG69Jq5r
— ET NOW (@ETNOWlive) January 23, 2019
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the video below:
Well Mr KJ seeing you on stage in AIB and laughing out loud on vulgarity at the fullest made me think what kind of people you are. Now you are getting sleepless nights (haha) crocodile tears.
— satpal (@satpalzzz) January 23, 2019
How can we blame Karan Johar for this.. what did you expect he should have edited the sexist and racist comments parts.. ?? If that was done how would everyone know what kind of person Hardik pandya is .. he would have continued behaving like a piece of shit in other countries..
— Leena Wani (@wanileena) January 23, 2019
You are the only Man there and you defend yourself saying you have no control. Sensibilities and sensitivities are not same across all participants and viewers. Not to forget social responsibilities of participating individuals.
— AnandMadabhushi (@andmadca) January 23, 2019
KJ actually you hardly heed other opinion or is too closed minded boss that your women employees didn’t come to you with objection of airing such statement… You may be successful but loved only by your sycophants …
— jayati De (@jayateede) January 23, 2019