Apology isn't enough: Hotstar removes 'Koffee With Karan' episode featuring Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

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A still from 'Koffee With Karan'. (Image: Hardik Pandya/Instagram)(In pic from left: Hardik Pandya, Karan Johar, KL Rahul)
MUMBAI: The "Koffee With Karan" episode featuring cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has been taken down by Hotstar after it attracted widespread criticism for Pandya's misogynistic and sexist comments.

The 25-year-old all-rounder had boasted about hooking up with multiple women on the Sunday episode of the Karan Johar-hosted show.
"Certain remarks/comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan may hurt the sentiments of our users/viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect," Hotstar tweeted on Friday.


Pandya has apologised for his remarks, saying he got "carried away by the nature" of the show.
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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya was recently accused of smuggling rotten betel nuts to India. While the former cricketer denied the allegation, here are other sports stars who have been caught on the wrong side of the law.

(In pic from left: Sanath Jayasuriya, Mike Tyson, Muhammed Shami)

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Crime: Hindering prosecution against ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly.
Punishment: Banned for life from the US Figure Skating Association
(Image: Tonya Harding/Instagram)

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Over the years, Mike Tyson has been accused and convicted of rape, felony, drug possession and crashing into a police vehicle. In 2006, the former heavyweight champion admitted to being addicted to drugs. The following year, he was sentenced to 24 hours in jail and three years’ probation for drug possession and driving under the influence. Prior to that, in 1992, he was sentenced to six years in prison and four years of probation for raping a teenage beauty queen.

Crime: Felony, drug possession and crashing into a police vehicle.
Punishment: Jail for 24 hours, three years probation, 360 hours community service and help with drug issues.

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Crime: Murder.

Punishment: 15 years imprisonment for murder and suspension from athletic competitions till his sentence is served.

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Crime: Evading taxes since the 1990s.

Punishment: Two-year prison sentence that was suspended for three years, 500,000 euro fine and payment of the entire cost of the trial.

(Image: Boris Becker/Instagram)

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Crime: Accused of domestic violence, attempted murder and rape.

Punishment: Ongoing case.

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"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," he had said in his apology.

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Both Pandya and Rahul have been reprimanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is mulling a ban on the cricketers.

Johar is yet to address the controversy.
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