Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in limelight for all the wrong reasons ever since they made an appearance on Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan Season 6. BCCI had sent the cricketers home from Australia, dropping them from the India-Australia series.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who was witness to all this drama, had remained mum for quite a long time. But in an interview to ET Now, he opened up on the controversy and said he felt responsible because it was his platform.

He said, “I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many so many sleepless nights just wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control.”

Stating that “there is no control” over how a guest would respond to his questions, Karan added: “I have to say and I don’t defend myself when I say this. I have to say that the questions that I asked the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. Deepika (Padukone) and Alia (Bhatt) were on the show, I asked them those questions. I have no control about the answers that come my way.”

Hardik Pandya’s rumoured ex-girlfriend Elli AvRam too reacted to the controversy recently. She said, “I just came back to India and I have been getting messages from journalists who have been asking me questions regarding this and I had no idea what they were talking about. But then I have seen certain footage and I just think it’s very sad.”

Meanwhile, Koffee With Karan makers have pulled down the episode and videos from the website, Hotstar and social media platforms.