'The Mash Report' Cancelled by the BBC over Its "Left-Wing Bias"
Today, the BBC said it had needed "to make difficult decisions" in order "to make room for new comedy shows." As such, the broadcaster has axed the satirical news program led by British comedian Nish Kumar.
However, many view the show's cancellation as a direct result of its so-called "left-wing bias" — something that BBC's recently appointed director general Tim Davie promised to stamp out.
In response to the cancellation, Kumar offered the following statement:
Over the years, The Mash Report had repeatedly made headlines in the UK for its cutting observations, often drawing more than its fair share of criticism — especially from conservative Britain. Like the time they showed us Piers Morgan eating the ass of Donald Trump.
A lot of people are asking me for a comment and here it is: pic.twitter.com/C9ghSERUMy— Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) March 12, 2021
In addition to Kumar, The Mash Report starred the likes of Rachel Parris, Ellie Taylor, Andrew Hunter Murray, Geoff Norcott and Jason Forbes, as well as featured regular appearances from Desiree Burch, Ahir Shah and Catherine Bohart.
The Mash Report ran for four seasons — the most recent of which was done during lockdown. However, the show will now no longer be coming back for a fifth season.
Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil had previously condemned The Mash Report as "self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged left-wing propaganda."
A "source" speaking to The Sun today also stated, "This will be music to ears of telly fans. For four series, viewers have sat through Nish's 'comedy' with an undoubted left-wing spin.
"Tim promised tough measures — and he has stuck to his guns. The Mash Report is no more and there won't be many people mourning it."
A quick look on Twitter, however, shows the complete opposite of that, with the likes of Richard Herring, David Schneider and other prominent British voices showing some real disdain about the show's cancellation.
You can find a few of those reactions below.
The Mash Report was the best UK topical comedy show for decades and also ironically gave right wing comic @GeoffNorcott a regular platform to do his stuff. Very bad decision to axe it.— Richard K Herring (@Herring1967) March 12, 2021
While the right scream about being cancelled from all their newspaper columns and on TV shows and soon on their new TV channels, the Mash Report, a show that dared to satirise the government is actually cancelled.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) March 12, 2021
A true democracy doesn't cancel satire.
The Mash Report, a comedy program critical of the government has been axed by the state broadcaster, reportedly for political reasons, and at the behest of a director general appointed by the government. Finally, a stone cold example of what 'cancel culture' looks like.— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) March 12, 2021
Every channel and media outlet is looking for a show that produces clips that go viral. Regardless of whether you thought it was funny, or to your political tastes, The Mash Report did this repeatedly for the BBC. pic.twitter.com/NzAY8V7UtD— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) March 12, 2021