John Cleese Poised to Make Shock Return to BBC
TV| | By Jason Owen
John Cleese is in talks to return to the BBC in a major new comedy.
The 76-year-old, the star of such TV classics as Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, declared last year he would never work for the corporation again, slamming the BBC’s commissioning editors who had “no idea” what they were doing.
However, it appears the legendary comedian has since had a change of heart and is now in negotiations with BBC bosses for a sitcom which has been specially created for him.
Shane Allen, the BBC’s head of comedy, told the Daily Telegraph, “We’re in discussions about a piece that he might be in.”
“It’s a sitcom and it’s very early days. He’s a comedy god, and the door is always open to him. There are certain people who have earned their badges, who have got the right to do what they want,” he explained.
In the scathing interview with ShortList magazine last year, Cleese insisted he would never return to TV or the BBC. “There’s no way I want to work in TV, especially at the BBC,” he raged.
“I have a nasty feeling a large proportion of the commissioning editors have no idea what they’re doing.”