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The BBC have axed satirical show The Mash Report after it became the focus of the “war on woke” amid criticism over its perceived left-wing bias.
The news comedy show, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar and featuring Rachel Parris, ran for four series and regularly featured jokes about political issues such as Brexit, as well as the Conservative Party.
The BBC has now announced that the show will not return for a fifth series. Tim Davie, who became the BBC’s director general last year, previously said the corporation needs to undergo a “radical shift” to better represent the UK. He has also spoken of his desire to better implement impartiality across the BBC and reportedly wanted to “tackle perceived Left-wing bias” in BBC comedy shows.
A BBC spokeswoman 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.
“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.”
The show was trending on social media as fans and critics shared their views on the move.
Leave.EU mocked the demise of the Bafta-nominated show on Twitter.
They wrote: “Here’s a Kumar-style joke: “What’s funny about The Mash Report?”
”ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!”Now for the BBC to fire all the other unashamedly, lefty cretins, from its payroll and programming or face being defunded.”
Laurence Fox, who has criticised “wokeism” and recently announced his bid for London Mayor, wrote sarcastically: “Tell me it isn’t true!” He added: “Defund virtue signalling.”
But others urged Channel 4 to snap up the show, with one saying: “What a loss for the BBC.”
Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil has been a vocal critic of The Mash Report, describing it as “self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda”.
Neil added: “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.”
Kumar drew the ire of right-wingers when he was pelted with a bread roll for performing anti-Brexit material at a charity gala.
“I’m entitled to express my opinion and they’re entitled to express their opinion about my opinion,” he said later.
“I think the guy that chucked the bread roll probably needs to be on an anger management course because I just think anytime as an adult, you’re flinging bread at someone, you’ve taken leave of your senses.”