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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 per cent. 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 … but the more 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.
Kapil’s insecurity or those of people around him was when the problem began…started panicking when in terms of ratings, ‘Bachao… ‘ started doing well and better than ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ in some episodes. And instead of working with our creative team and make the show ratings better, they kept living in denial and started casting aspersions on the channel. Both the shows were equally important to us…we kept promoting them with equal weight. We were clear as a channel that the success of either show need not necessarily be at the cost of the other.
My team and I love Kapil Sharma, the person and the artiste. We have not had any issues with him. He had issues with us. The only condition being that he has to have a good set of managers and the terms of engagement should be mutually acceptable and respected. indianexpress