In what will be a massive setback to Kapil Sharma, the Sony TV has reportedly decided to ditch him for rival Sunil Grover.
Quoting a source, DNA reported, “They are terribly disappointed with how much bad press the entire Kapil Sharma episode has brought to the channel and the show. The ratings have dipped way more than what they thought it would and they are mostly not signing Kapil anymore. In fact, they might pull plugs on The Kapil Sharma Show once and for all.”
64% respondents had told Janta Ka Reporter that they will not watch Kapil Sharma Show without Grover being a part of it.
Another source was quoted as saying, “They are planning to invest in Sunil now for a different show altogether. Ever since the fight happened, even rival channel Colors (who have a long standing issue with Kapil) has approached Sunil for a show but he has not signed anything. Sony has rights to his characters – Rinku bhabi and Dr Mashur Gulati and also earn a chunk of money from his live shows where he performs in his avatars. And they are incredible characters in their own spaces already. So they might have a show with these characters.”
Sharma has had to face a massive revolt of sorts after he allegedly abused and physically assaulted Grover during a flight journey from Australia.
This had prompted Grover to quit the show forcing Sharma to issue a public apology.
Grover had later posted a gut-wrenching letter asking Sharma not to behave like God. Soon, he received support from other actors including Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar, both of whom refused to take part in Sony TV’s popular show.
There are reports that Sony is not keen to renew the Rs 107 crore contract with Sharma. Meanwhile, Colors is reportedly in conversation with Grover to launch a rival comedy show against Sharma.
Although, a section of media on Monday reported that Grover was back in the show, the latter’s social media post later appeared to contradict the story.
He, however, returned to Sony TV to shoot a special act while playing the character of Dr Mashoor Gulati, it was for another reality show, Indian Idol. Even though, Sharma was shooting barely few meters away in the Film City, he made no efforts to reach out to Grover.