Karan Johar-hosted talk show koffee with Karan, which featured Indian cricket team members K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya, over the controversy generated by Panday’s misogynistic remarks that has drawn the ire of social media users, which brought out an apology from the 25-year-old cricketer.
The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters.
“Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan [season 6] may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers,” the Star India-owned Hotstar said in a tweet, replying to a user query about the now-missing episode. “As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect.”
All mentions of the K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya-centric episode have been erased from the social media handles of Star World as well, the channel on which the show airs on TV. Their names are still present on the show’s official description on Hotstar though.
The ongoing sixth season of Koffee with Karan released its 12th episode, with the two aforementioned Indian cricketers, last Sunday, January 6, 2019. As Johar dove into Pandya’s personal life, the latter made several free-wheeling remarks that displayed immaturity and an ingrained sense of misogyny, with people billing his comments as ‘crass, creepy, sexist, racist, and cringe-worthy’.
Among other things, Pandya revealed that he sometimes boasts about his sexual encounters in discussions with his parents.