After the controversy over Hardik Pandya’s misogynist comments on Karan Johar’s chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’, Hotstar and Star World have swung into action.
Hotstar, the digital streaming platform which airs the episode, has pulled it down following the controversy. You can see the previous episode of the Kapoor siblings, Sonam, Harshvardhan and Rhea, is the last that can be watched by the viewers.
Moreover, the channel Star World, which aired the controversial episode on TV, has also removed the promos of the episode that they had shared previously on Instagram and ‘The photo or video has been removed from Instagram’ message shows up in the posts that were embedded on news websites previously.
Hardik, who appeared on the show with KL Rahul, was accused of making sexist, misogynist comments and objectifying women on the show. He had opened up on his flings, sex life and relationships.
When Karan asked him why he never asked women’s names in a nightclub, he had replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Though Rahul didn’t directly make any evidently offensive comment, he was accused of playing along.
Hardik had apologised for his comments on the show.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued show-cause notices to the players for their comments. Hardik had replied to it, "As you are aware, I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realizing that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful."
"I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in a bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive. Rest assured, I hold the BCCI in the highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future," the statement added.