No farewell for Kapil Sharma

WEB DESK: Kapil Sharma’s sketch comedy show “Comedy Nights With Kapil ” did not get a farewell on Sunday night as scheduled, as the television channel decided to skip the telecast of his final show  featuring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur.

While viewers were eagerly waiting to watch Kapil’s last act but  were surprised to find the channel’s other show, ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’, which only airs on Saturday, being aired instead. C

onsidering the recent bad blood between the channel and Kapil, many felt it was a deliberate ploy to humiliate the comedian.

Channel sources, however, maintain it was a business decision. Strangely, during the telecast of ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’, a teaser that ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ will air on Sunday at 10 pm, kept playing. It showed January 24 as the telecast date.

According to Mid day a source said, “The channel advanced the January 23 episode of ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’ and ran it on Sunday night itself. It was convenient for them since this weekend, they have the ‘Bigg Boss 9’ finale which will go on for a longer duration. So, they could do without ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’.”

The source added, “The channel may make it appear as a programming strategy, but there is obviously more to it. In the past few months, relations between Kapil and the channel have gone from bad to worse. It has become an ego tussle and this could be the channel’s attempt to show him his place. The channel feels he has grown too big for his boots, while Kapil thinks his show was the channel’s main attraction.”

During the recent telecast of a film awards gala on the channel, its head in charge did not mention ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ while mentioning their popular shows, clearly indicating that all was not well between them and Kapil.

The channel did not comment when asked why they decided to defer the telecast of Comedy Nights With Kapil’s last episode.

Source: Mid day