Hotstar removes controversial 'Koffee With Karan' episode with Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

The backlash is so severe that even Hotstar, the digital streaming platform that aired the episode, has pulled it down following the controversy. The decision is probably taken after the misogynist comments made by Pandya created a furore. Their names are still present on the show's official description on Hotstar though.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

Readers may be aware that after the episode, Hardik Pandya received a lot of flak on social media from fans as well as other netizens for his comments on the show. I had asked Diana [Edulji] to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip.

He also related a story about a party he attended where he pointed to multiple women and then told his parents, "I have something going on with each of them". "And they were like, 'Waah, proud of you beta'". 'I like to watch and observe how they move.

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Johar pressed on throughout the episode, with one of his queries being how the Indian players decide if they happen to hit on the same woman. Rahul answered saying, "up to the woman" while an outspoken Hardik said: "Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai". Declaring that Hardik's apology was not enough, the body served a show cause notice to both Hardik and KL Rahul on Wednesday, giving them 24 hours to respond. He added, "Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show".

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI. And though Rahul didn't make any controversial comments himself, social media users have blamed him for not intervening and taking up a stand.

Team India is also scheduled to travel to New Zealand after the three-match series down under and will be playing 5 ODIs and three T20Is before returning home in the second week of February. "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, do not support such views", Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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