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John Cleese Pressures BBC to Restore ‘Fawlty Towers’ Episode Removed for Problematic Language to Streaming

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“Monty Python” leading man John Cleese pressured the BBC to reinstate an episode of his 1970s sitcom “Fawlty Towers” on its streaming channel, after the BBC removed the episode because it contains racist language.

In the 1975 episode “The Germans,” Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley), a character written as — and understood at the time to be — a satire of aging Brits still stuck in a racist or imperialist mindset, makes several racist remarks, including the use of the N-word. The BBC decided to remove the episode from its UKTV service June 12 in order to conduct a review of the content.

Cleese fired back at the BBC for removing the episode in several tweets Friday, calling the decision to remove the episode from UKTV “cowardly and gutless and contemptible.”

“I would have hoped that someone at the BBC would understand that there are two ways of making fun of human behaviour,” Cleese wrote. “One is to attack it directly. The other is to have someone who is patently a figure of fun, speak up on behalf of that behaviour.”

Cleese went on to lament the management at the BBC, which he accused of not being invested in the programming it produces.

“It’s not just stupidity,” Cleese added. “The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats. It used to have a large sprinkling of people who’d actually made programmes… Not any more. So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs…That’s why they’re so cowardly and gutless and contemptible.”

The BBC and UKTV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. UKTV tweeted the episode will be added back to the streaming service with additional “guidance” that gives viewers a warning about the offensive language.

“We will be adding extra guidance and warnings to the front of programmes to highlight potentially offensive content and language,” UKTV said. “We will reinstate Fawlty Towers once that extra guidance has been added, which we expect will be in the coming days.”

Cleese told The Age yesterday that the offensive portrayal of The Major wasn’t intended to be a show of support for his racist views.

“The Major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them,” Cleese told The Age. “If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”

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Mark Blum, who starred in « Desperately Seeking Susan, » « Crocodile Dundee » and the Lifetime/Netflix series « You, » died on March 26 of coronavirus complications. The veteran character actor and regular on New York City stages was 69.

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Maria Mercader, a CBS News veteran who worked for over 30 years as a reporter and talent director, died March 29 after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 54.

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Ellis Marsalis Jr., New Orleans jazz legend and father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis, died at 85 from COVID-19 complications, Branford said. « Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz… He was a teacher, a father, and an icon — and words aren’t sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed the world, » New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said also.

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Eddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, died April 2 after contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. He was 78.

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Sergio Rossi, the Italian shoe designer, died at age 84 after being hospitalized with the virus, the brand confirmed in an Instagram post Friday.

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Patricia Bosworth, a stage and screen actress turned journalist who penned celebrity biographies, died April 2 from complications of the coronavirus. She was 86.

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John Prine, one of the most influential and revered folk and country songwriters of the last 50 years, died on April 6 at the age of 73 after being infected with the COVID-19 virus.

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Allen Garfield,  who appeared in such films as “The Conversation,” “Nashville” and “Irreconcilable Differences,” died April 7 due to coronavirus complications, according to his sister. He was 80.

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Charles Gregory, an Emmy-nominated hairstylist who frequently collaborated with Tyler Perry on his films and TV shows, died of complications from COVID-19 on April 8.

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Henry Grimes, celebrated jazz bassist, died on April 15 at age 84, according to WGBO. He worked with such legends as Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins.

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Art director Matteo De Cosmo, who worked on films including « Emergence, » « The Punisher » and « Luke Cage, » died of coronavirus complications. He was 52.

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Legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye died on June 1 after combating COVID-19 and other medical conditions. He was 80.

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Chris Trousdale, a member of the boy band Dream Street, died of coronavirus complications on June 2. He was 34.

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