After loads of backlash, lots of social media outbursts, Hotstar has pulled the latest episode of Koffee With Karan Season 6, which featured Indian cricket team members, K. L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya.
"Certain remarks/comments made by the guests on episode 12 of Koffee With Karan Season 6 may hurt the sentiments of our users/viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect." stated Hotstar in their tweet.
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 television. Their names are still present on the show's official description on Hotstar though.
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 Board Of Control For Cricket In India (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.
As the controversy built up in the following days, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to issue an apology: "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee With Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who, I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect."
Apparently, Hardik has since reportedly also apologised to head coach Ravi Shastri and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And though Rahul didn't make any controversial comments himself, social media users have blamed him for not intervening and taking up a stand.
All said and done, January 06, 2019 is one day both Rahul and Hardik will never forget cause on this day, things changed for these to crickets forever.