Actor-cum-comedian Kapil Sharma has finally reacted to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s ouster from his comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show after the latter’s comments on the Pulwama attack received widespread backlash and criticism. Archana Puran Singh has been roped in by the channel to feature in the show. However, according to Kapil, the change was done because of Sidhu’s unavailability.
At the Art of Living's event, Kapil was asked to comment on Sidhu’s exit, to which he said, “Abhi Navjot Singh Sidhu ke kuch aur commitment hain isliye humare saath Archana Puran Singh shoot kar rahe hain. Maujuda waqt mein Sidhu humaare sath nahi hain. (Because of some prior commitments of Navjot Singh Sidhu, currently Archana Puran Singh is shooting with us). Halaaki ye bahut choti cheezein hain, ya phir propoganda hota hai jinmein iss tareeke ke baatein aati hain. Mere manna yeh hai ki kisi ko ban karna na, Navjot Singh Sidhu ko show se bahaar karna in baaton ka solution nahi hai. Ek Sthai samadhaan humein milkar dekhna hoga. "
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However, he showed his solidarity to the government’s decision of banning Pakistani artists and said, “Hum insab cheezon mein sarkar ke saath hain lekin phir bhi ek sthai samaadhan ki zarurat hai. Pulwama mein jin logo ne kayrana tareeke se humaare jawaano ko shahid kiya unko dhundh dhundh kar marna chahiye jismein pura desh sarkar ke saath khada hai."
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Following Sidhu’s controversial comments on Pulwama terror attacks, several hashtags like #BoycottKapilSharmaShow, #BoycottSiddhu started trending on Twitter and people started demanding the MLA’s ouster from the how.
Sidhu, on the other hand, did not back down from his stance and uploaded a video on Twitter saying that he had no intimation of his sacking from the show. He said, “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."