Colors CEO Raj Nayak reveals the REAL reason why Comedy Nights with Kapil went off air!

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Colors CEO Raj Nayak reveals the REAL reason why Comedy Nights with Kapil went off air!

Comedy Nights with Kapil is already over and a new show ‘Comedy Nights Live’ has taken its place. This new show is hosted by Krushna Abhishek and Bharti Singh. The first episode has already been telecast and fans are not happy with the show as much as they were happy with Kapil’s show. Some fans had huge expectations from the show while others were already convinced that this show has nothing to offer as Kapil is nowhere in the scene. Recently we reported how Krushna Abhishek expressed that Kapil must have fought it and shouldn’t have run away. Krushna also said other things about Kapil in which he thought Kapil was not happy with other celebrities coming on Comedy Nights Bachao and that even bothered him more.

Now, Colors CEO Raj Nayak,for the first time, has opened up about the whole matter and why the show went off air. In an interview to Delhi Times, Nayak said, “Kapil Sharma was on television for over 10 years, first on Laughter Challenge and then on Comedy Circus before he did Comedy Nights with us. He is a nice person and is extremely talented. We gave him a platform and co-created Comedy Nights with him. It was the channel’s decision to call it Comedy Nights With Kapil (originally the show was to be titled Comedy Nights), as we felt that it would give him a sense of ownership and his loyalty to the show would be 100%.We even helped him set up his production company . The success of the show meant that we had a person who suddenly became a star and found it difficult to manage his success. He started renegotiating and asking for more money which we gave, but the more important and worrying thing was that he violated his contract by hosting shows on competitive channels in spite of having an exclusive contract with Colors for TV , which we felt was not ethical.”

Nayak also expressed how tough it was for the channel to let go of Kapil and his show. He said, “In a normal course, no channel would let go of a good show. But it has to also be economically viable and more importantly, business s has to be conducted in an ethical manner. For many reasons, the decision to let Kapil go has been very tough. It has been an emotional show for us. Together, Kapil and our creative team created magic. He is extremely talented, probably one of the best of this genre. We never asked him to go. He was not happy with us and implied that we couldn’t have another comedy show on the channel. That was unacceptable to us. He chose to walk out. He is a nice guy being misled, I guess, by the people around him for their own survival. I am very fond of him and feel really sad to see him go.”

That’s sweet as well as sad. Let’s hope they sort out their differences soon.

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