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The BBC confirmed The Mash Report, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar, will not be returning for a fifth series. The show faced criticism over claims it held “unchallenged left-wing” views about the Government and Brexit. One of the critics included former BBC veteran Andrew Neil, who previously claimed it was “self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda”.
He said: “When it comes to so-called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and TV.
“Nobody seems to care. And I don’t want right-wing comedy, whatever that is. I’d just like comedy.”
The news prompted social media users to air their views on the broadcaster’s apparent “biased left-wing comedy”.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Tim Davie said privately he would rid the BBC of biased left-wing comedy, and less than a year in he’s been good to his word. The Mash Report is no more.”
BBC news: The BBC has cancelled The Mash Report
Another person lashed into the BBC’s apparent “woke” agenda as they added: “Nish Kumar axed by the BBC in the War on Woke.”
A third person did not hold back as they said: “Now for the BBC to fire all the other unashamedly, lefty cretins, from its payroll and programming or face being defunded.”
A BBC spokesman told Express.co.uk it was a “difficult decision” but the show won’t be returning so that there is room for other comedy shows.
He said: “We are very proud of The Mash Report but in order to make room for new comedy shows we sometimes have to make difficult decisions and it won’t be returning.
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“We would like to thank all those involved in four brilliant series and hope to work with Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris and the team in the future.”
It comes as Director General Tim Davie vowed to crack down on “diversity of thought” and understand pro-Brexit sentiment better when he took over last year.
Mark Lehain, director of Campaign for Common Sense (CCS), previously wrote to Mr Davie to call for more conservative comedians to be booked.
He commented: “The BBC said that it wants to improve the diversity of its output.
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“The reality is our comedy shows are awash with ‘woke’ jokes and there is nothing funny about such flagrant bias.
“Our research reveals primetime comedy shows are dominated by comedians who broadly share the same outlook and views on politics, Brexit and Britain.
“There are loads of talented comics out there holding small ‘c’ conservative, anti-woke and pro-Brexit views.
“The issue is they just aren’t getting booked by the BBC.”
Nish Kumar is booed off stage after making Brexit joke
In a statement to the Telegraph, a BBC spokesman insisted the corporation provides “a range of different voices and views” with its comedy.
Mr Kumar has also admitted he is not afraid to air his views on Brexit.
He told The Guardian: “I am absolutely guilty of the accusation levelled at me by furious people on the internet in that I have not got over Brexit.”
He came under fire over his Brexit jokes at a charity event held by the Lord’s Taverners in 2019.
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He reportedly had made a joke about Brexit before comparing himself to former Speaker John Bercow after refusing to leave the stage.
He was then booed off the stage and had a bread roll thrown at him.
He told the crowd: “I’m not going anywhere. Absolute Bercow.
“I know you want me to leave but I’m not going to do it. Absolutely not.”
This resulted in Taverners’ ambassador, Greg James, to say the behaviour of some of the crowd was “appalling”.