Navjot Singh Sidhu, the politician and TV personality, who has been reportedly sacked from the ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ says he’s unaware of the development. Sidhu has been replaced by Archana Puran Singh, if the reports are to be believed. The news came after the backlash that Sidhu faced post his comments on the Pulwama terror attack. As per the reports, Sony immediately reacted by ousting Navjot Singh Sidhu from the show.
The 55 year old politician said during the media interaction,
“terrorists do not have deen, mazhab (sect and religion)”, adding that one couldn’t blame an entire nation for such attacks. He also called for a “dialogue to find a permanent solution to end the bloodshed.”
His comment did not go down well with people mourning the death of CRPF soldiers killed in the terror attack and soon internet was abuzz with hashtags #boycottSidhu and #boycottkapilsharmashow.
Although, Sony is yet to issue a public statement, as per HT, a source was quoted saying,
“It is unnecessarily affecting the show, so Sidhu will no longer be associated with Kapil’s show. We are in talks with Archana to replace him.”
It was further told that they had “already shot a bank of episodes with Sidhu, and now, the creative team will decide how to go about this.”
When Archana Puran Singh was contacted to confirm the news, she was unaware of the development too. She said,
“I don’t have any information about replacing Sidhu. I got to know from the media that this is happening. I’m yet to get any official communication from the channel and creative heads of the show,”
She also added that she had shot two episodes on February 9 and 13, “but that was before the Pulwama terror attack”.
Sidhu, on the other hand posted a tweet saying that he stands by his statement and he has no knowledge of the being sacked from the show.
His tweet reads,
“I had to attend Vidhan Sabha’s session due to which I couldn’t go for the shoots of The Kapil Sharma Show and they got somebody else in my replacement for two episodes. I have no intimation about my termination from the channel. If it is regarding my statement, I will stick to what I have been saying yesterday, today and ever tomorrow.”
The cast members have been shocked by the development. Actress Sumona Chakravarty said,
“I’m not aware of the replacement. Only the channel can reveal the plan. Every celebrity will have an opinion on the tragic incident but that definitely should not affect one’s show,”
Comedian Bharti Singh also expressed her opinions saying,
“It is sad to know that Sidhuji won’t be part of the show anymore. I have no official information about the replacement, though. On our next shoot, on February 20, we will get to know who will sit on the ‘master’ seat.”