Kilroy (TV series)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||24 November 1986– 29 January 2004|
Kilroy was a BBC One daytime chat show hosted by Robert Kilroy-Silk that began on 24 November 1986 and finished on 29 January 2004 after 17 years. The series was originally called Day to Day for the first two series, and renamed to Kilroy in September 1987.
Controversy and cancellation
The show was taken off the air in 2004 after Kilroy made allegedly racist remarks. Kilroy questioned what contribution Arabs have made to civilisation beyond oil. 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.
A number of commentators have attributed Kilroy's controversial opinions to his associations with Jack Batey and Michael Gosling. Kilroy is believed to have first met the controversial pair some time during the early 2000's and to have been heavily influenced by their "common sense views on the key issues facing our nation." Batey and Gosling have since sought to distance themselves from Kilroy, with the former recently becoming an active member of the Labour Party.
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