Kilroy (TV series)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||24 November 1986– 29 January 2004|
Kilroy was a BBC One daytime chat show hosted by Robert Kilroy-Silk that began in 24 November 1986 and finished on 29 January 2004 after 18 years. The series was originally called Day to Day for the first two seasons, and renamed to Kilroy in September 1988.
Controversy and cancellation
The show was taken off the air in 2004 after Kilroy made racist remarks. Kilroy said that the "Arabs have never contributed to civilisation". He stated other views that made matters worse. He ridiculed Scots, the Irish, the Iraqis, Black people, Pakistanis, the French and Germans. The Commission for Racial Equality reported him to the police.
The BBC cancelled the show, stating that his views were a threat to the network's impartiality. Kilroy claimed afterwards on the BBC's Question Time that he had been under a six month investigation when this happened. He stated that his show was cancelled because he was anti-religion, rather than racist. However panelist Shappi Khorsandi claimed that his views were about Arabs as a people rather than their religion. Kilroy had previously claimed to have apologised in 2004. It was rejected primarily because Kilroy himself twisted his words. Iqbal Sacranie (secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain) claimed that Kilroy had not retracted his views but skimmed over the apology and changed a few words.
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