Following his comments on the Pulwama terror attack, Navjot Singh Sidhu has been asked to step down from The Kapil Sharma Show and Archana Puran Singh has been asked to fill in for him. She is currently doing My Name Ijj Lakhan on Sab TV.
Archana Puran Singh had also replaced Navjot Singh Sidhu in The Kapil Sharma Show in 2017 after the latter had fallen ill.
"His remarks have not been taken kindly by most. Also, the channel and the show was getting dragged into the unwanted controversy. This is when the team amicably decided that Navjot make a distance from the show. The team has already shot a couple of episodes with Archana," stated a source.
Earlier, during a media interaction, Navjoy Singh Sidhu had said, "Nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists. The terrorists do not have any sect or religion. There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act."
Navjot Singh Sidhu's comment on Pulwama Terror Attack has created a huge outrage on social media. He is not only receiving a backlash from his opponents, but also from a lot of his fans and followers who threatened to boycott The Kapil Sharma Show as well as Sony Entertainment Television if Navjot Singh Sidhu was not asked to leave the show.
Retired Major General G.D. Bakshi also attacked Navjot Singh Sidhu for what he deemed an inappropriate comment and said that the former cricketer has not faced what the CRPF has, what men in uniform routinely do in conflict areas.
This is not the first time that Sony Entertainment Television has taken such a strong stand over a controversy. After Anu Malik was named in the Me Too campaign, he was asked to leave the show overnight as a judge from Indian Idol Season 10.