Filmmaker Karan Johar has finally broken his silence on the controversy that involved cricketers Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul and his popular chat show. In his latest interview with a news website, Karan talked about the sexist statements made by the cricketers on his show. He said that he takes responsibility for what happened and agrees that the comments made were inappropriate. However, he thinks that he didn’t have control over the answers given by his guests.
Karan talked to ET Now and said, “I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many sleepless nights just wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is going to listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control”. He added that he didn’t find any fault in the questions asked by him and he puts the same questions in front of all the guests sitting on the ‘couch’. Karan said, “I have to say and I don’t defend myself when I say this. I have to say that the questions that I asked the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. Deepika (Padukone) and Alia (Bhatt) were on the show, I asked them those questions. I have no control about the answers that come my way.”
Among the ones on social media who were bashing the cricketers for their anti-women comments, there were a few who also slammed Karan for ‘enjoying the TRP’ of his show. The filmmaker reacted to the same and said, “I regret what has happened to them. And, then there was talk about me actually enjoying the TRP, I don’t care about the TRPs.” He went on to say, “I am just saying that I think that perhaps things were said that may have crossed boundaries and I apologise because it was my platform from where it happened. I feel the boys have faced the price for it already.”