Cricketer turned politician and television personality Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has reportedly been replaced on The Kapil Sharma Show, says he is unaware of it. The channel took the decision to replace him with actor and comedian Archana Puran Singh following his comments after the Pulwama terror attack that generated top-trending hashtags like #boycottSidhu and #boycottkapilsharmashow on social media.
Condemning the attack that killed at least 40 CRPF personnel, the 55-year-old politician had said, “Nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists. The terrorists do not have deen, mazhab (sect and religion). There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every institution has them. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act.”
Although the channel has not released a formal statement, a source confirms the move, reported Hindustan Times. “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,” the report quoted their source as saying, adding they had “already shot a bank of episodes with Sidhu, and now, the creative team will decide how to go about this.”
However, Archana she was “clueless” about it, and told the paper, “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 informed them that she had shot for two episodes on February 9 and 13, which was before the Pulwama terror attack.
However, Sidhu sticking by his comments uploaded a video on Twitter saying: “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.”
A few cast members of the show were shocked by the sudden development. Comedian Bharti Singh said, “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.”