Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 29-08-2011
A TV game show has been pulled from the schedules by the popular pan-Arab satellite TV network MBC due to the controversial views of its star host who supports the Syrian Government.
Georges Kordahi, who hails from Lebanon, had already recorded episodes of the Arabic version of the US game show You Deserve It, which Saudi-backed MBC had planned to broadcast from 10 September.
Instead, the network has told AFP it has taken the decision to axe the show “in respect for the feelings of the Syrian people”.
Al Arabiya, MBC’s Arabic news station, reports that Kordahi said the escalating internal protests against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad were the result of “a foreign conspiracy” and that the “Arab Spring” had “sown chaos across the Arab world”.
Kordahi, famed across the Middle East and North Africa after hosting the regional version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, has reportedly been outspoken in favour of the Syrian regime on the pro-government TV channel Dunia.
During five months of protests and bloody reprisals from the Government, the United Nations estimate over 2,200 Syrians have been killed.
The AFP reports that Kordahi’s name has now been added to the internet ‘list of shame’ of media celebrities who support despotic Arab regimes.