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The Monty Python star said he was filing a formal complaint about the interview, saying the interviewer tried to portray him in a “dishonest” way. He said he was described as “old-fashioned, indifferent and basically harmful”.
He also claimed that the interviewer did not discuss agreed upon topics.
Criticizing the broadcaster on Twitter, the 82-year-old actor said: “Just did an interview with BBC World Asia.
“It was to talk about the shows I do in Singapore and Bangkok.
“Instead, the interviewer, whose name I believe was Karishma, started by asking me about Cancel Culture.
“I responded courteously and fully explained that if parents were overprotective, it did not prepare children well for their entry into the real and often not very pleasant world.
“She then asked a rambling question, clearly trying to portray me as old-fashioned, indifferent and basically harmful.”
He said his answer to the question was then “totally ignored” by the interviewer, who then asked him about Dave Chapelle and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Cleese then asked to stop the interview.
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“She only wanted the role of prosecutor.
“The BBC needs to train her again.
“The media will no doubt report that I ‘stormed out’. I didn’t and I didn’t lose my temper either.
“But I was depressed that this kind of presenter cr** ego was so prevalent now.”
It comes after the comedian and actor ‘blacklisted’ himself from the Cambridge Union Debating Society last month after a historian who posed as Adolf Hitler during a debate of society was banned.
Mr Cleese, who was due to address the union in November, said he made a similar impression on his ‘Monty Python’ sketch show and made the decision to pull out of the event ‘before anyone another does”.
He suggested another venue be planned for the event “where revival rules do not apply” and apologized to union members who had been eagerly awaiting his speech.
Responding to Mr Cleese’s allegations, a BBC spokesperson said: “It was a fair and appropriate interview which touched on topics John Cleese has spoken about before as well as themes within his new tour.
“Our presenter is an excellent, experienced journalist who conducted the interview entirely within our editorial guidelines.”