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John Cleese declares he’s formally complaining to BBC after ‘deceptive and dishonest’ interview

John Cleese was not happy with the line of questioning on BBC World Asia (Picture: BBC)

John Cleese has said he is putting in a formal complaint about the ‘deception, dishonesty and tone’ of a recent interview he gave to the BBC.

The 82-year-old Monty Python star claimed the interviewer had tried to portray him as ‘old-fashioned, uncaring and basically harmful’ and had not discussed the agreed-on topics.

The corporation fiercely defended the interview, however, insisting the questions were ‘fair’.

‘I just did an interview with BBC World Asia. It was to talk about the shows I’m doing in Singapore and Bangkok,’ he wrote in a Twitter thread.

‘Instead, the interviewer, whose name was, I think, Karishma, started by asking me questions about Cancel Culture.

‘I replied courteously and in full I explained that if parents were over protective, it did not prepare children well when they entered the real and often not-very-nice world.

‘She then asked a disjointed question, clearly trying to portray me as old-fashioned, uncaring, and basically harmful.’




Cleese said his response had been ‘totally ignored’ by the interviewer, who had then asked him about the ongoing pandemic and Dave Chapelle.

‘I removed my headphones, saying that this was not the interview I had agreed to,’ he said.

‘So I am formally complaining to the BBC about the deception, dishonesty and tone of this interview. Karishma had no interest in a discussion with me.


‘She wanted only the role of prosecutor. The BBC needs to train her again.’

He continued: ‘The media will no doubt report that I “stormed out.” I didn’t. Nor did I lose my temper.

‘But I was depressed that this kind of presenter-ego crap is so prevalent now.’

The BBC hit back at Cleese’s remarks, with a spokesperson stating: ‘This was a fair and appropriate interview which touched on topics that John Cleese has previously been vocal about as well as themes within his new tour.

‘Our presenter is an excellent and experienced journalist who conducted the interview entirely within our editorial guidelines.’

Cleese’s move comes one month after he ‘blacklisted himself’ from the Cambridge Union debating society after a historian who impersonated Adolf Hitler during a society debate was banned.

Just days before he was meant to give a talk, he said: ‘I was looking forward to talking to students at the Cambridge Union this Friday, but I hear that someone there has been blacklisted for doing an impersonation of Hitler.

‘I regret that I did the same on a Monty Python show, so I am blacklisting myself before someone else does.

‘I apologise to anyone at Cambridge who was hoping to talk with me, but perhaps some of you can find a venue where woke rules do not apply.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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