Karan Johar on Pandya-Rahul controversy : 'I feel responsible'

"I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility," Karan Johar said.

Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul on the Koffee with Karan Show.   -  Twitter

Almost two weeks after the airing of the 'Koffee with Karan' episode which resulted in the suspension of Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul for their inappropriate comments on women, the show's host and film director finally broke his silence on the issue.

In an interaction with ET Now, he said: "I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many so many sleepless nights just wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me. It's now gone into a zone which is beyond my control."

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Pandya and Rahul were criticised for making remarks that were perceived as being sexist. The BCCI stated that both players had apologised, while Pandya also expressed remorse via his official Instagram account.

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"I have to say and I don't defend myself when I say this. I have to say that the questions that I asked the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. Deepika (Padukone) and Alia (Bhatt) were on the show, I asked them those questions. I have no control about the answers that come my way," Johar said, adding that his show was run entirely by women and none of them came up to him and said that it was inappropriate.