Koffee With Karan S8: Karan Johar says he is ‘afraid’ of calling cricketers after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya controversy

Karan Johar, the maestro behind the glitzy celebrity chat show, Koffee with Karan, has kickstarted its eighth season with a bang. The premiere episode, featuring the dynamic Bollywood duo Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, enthralled audiences and set the stage for what promises to be an exciting season. As fans eagerly anticipate upcoming guests, there’s one burning question on everyone’s mind: Will cricketers grace the iconic Koffee couch this season?

In a recent Instagram Live session, a curious fan dared to ask Karan Johar the million-dollar question: Would cricketers be sipping Koffee on his show this season? Karan’s response was a mix of enthusiasm and trepidation. He expressed his eagerness to host these national icons but also admitted his apprehension, a sentiment stemming from the infamous KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya controversy that shook the nation.

For those unacquainted, Pandya and Rahul’s appearance on Koffee with Karan previously led to a storm of controversy. The cricketers’ sexist remarks triggered widespread outrage, resulting in their suspension from the national team. Understandably, Karan Johar found himself in the eye of the storm, feeling a profound sense of responsibility for the backlash faced by the two athletes.

During the Instagram Live, Karan revealed his hesitance, saying, “Will they come? I don’t know. (laughs) I’m not sure. I would love to have them. They are national icons and celebrated illustrious personalities.But I Think about what happened last time, I’m not sure they would even answer my phone. I’m scared to even call, and I’m such a big fan of theirs and I have so much respect for them. I don’t want to be rejected.”

Despite the controversy, Koffee with Karan Season 8’s inaugural episode was nothing short of spectacular. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s candid revelations, including a glimpse into their enchanting wedding video and Deepika’s brave discussion about her battles with mental health, resonated deeply with the audience. Karan also opened up about his personal struggles, recounting a recent panic attack he experienced during the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre launch in April.

As the buzz around Koffee with Karan Season 8 continues to build, fans can catch new episodes every Thursday at midnight on Disney+ Hotstar. With Karan Johar at the helm, navigating the delicate balance between hosting revered cricketers and ensuring a respectful, engaging conversation will undoubtedly be a challenge. However, if there’s one thing history has shown, it’s Karan’s ability to craft compelling narratives, making every episode a memorable experience for viewers worldwide.


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