And now for something completely different!
The Monty Python star, who will present shows on GB News from next year, said: “There’s a massive amount of important information that gets censored, both in TV and in the press. In my new show, I’ll be talking about a lot of it. You should be prepared to be shocked.”
Asked how his show with GB News came about, Cleese told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I was approached and I didn’t know who they were … And then I met one or two of the [GB News] people concerned and had dinner with them, and I liked them very much. And what they said was: ‘People say it’s the rightwing channel – it’s a free speech channel.’”
The 82-year-old said he would not be offered such a show by the BBC: “The BBC have not come to me and said: ‘Would you like to have some one-hour shows?’ And if they did, I would say: ‘Not on your nelly!’ Because I wouldn’t get five minutes into the first show before I’d been cancelled or censored.”
Cleese reminds the media how to do their job: “If there’s a factual response to something like that, then that should be made. That’s the job, to put the facts out there, and then to have opinions slightly separate and have a proper argument about it, but not to try to avoid a public debate.”
Is anyone shocked Cleese hates cancel culture and political correctness?
If you are, you’ve never seen Monty Python or Fawlty Towers.
This clip from Life of Brian (Monty Python’s best movie!) is classic.
Cleese is not a conservative:
He said he despaired at the state of British politics and sang the praises of the Social Democratic party (SDP), a niche political party founded by supporters of David Owen who refused to join the Liberal Democrats in 1990. He said the SDP was for people who are “economically a little bit to the left and culturally a little bit to the right”.
But Cleese is consistent. The real test will be when he goes after people on the right during his show.
Let’s admit it. Some people on the right are not as consistent as they portray themselves.
This will be fascinating. I cannot wait to watch Cleese’s show.DONATE
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