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Anti-woke, anti-cancel culture comic John Cleese to debut show on TV channel one critic calls the 'British Fox News'
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Anti-woke, anti-cancel culture comic John Cleese to debut show on TV channel one critic calls the 'British Fox News'

Monty Python's John Cleese — a legendary comic who's become an outspoken opponent of woke culture and cancel culture in recent years — is debuting a TV show in 2023 on a United Kingdom channel that one critic has called the "British Fox News."

What are the details?

Cleese's new show on GB News will be a collaboration with satirist Andrew Doyle that will encourage "proper argument," BBC News reported. Doyle hosts "Free Speech Nation" on the channel, which launched last year, the network said.

Cleese warned GB News watchers that they "may not be used to hearing the sort of things I'll be saying."

Former GB News chairman Andrew Neil told the BBC last year, via the Guardian, that one of the reasons he exited the network was because he didn't want to be a “minority of one” at a “British Fox News.”

Cleese apparently doesn't feel similarly about GB News.

"I was approached [about the new show], and I didn't know who they were," Cleese told BBC News. "I don't know much about modern television because I've pretty much given up on it — English television."

Cleese further explained that he then "met one or two of the people concerned and had a dinner with them, and I liked them very much. And what they said was, 'People say it's a right-wing channel, [but] it's a free-speech channel.'"

GB News launched in June 2021, BBC News said, becoming the U.K.'s first TV news start-up in 30 years.

As for any possibility of returning to the BBC in the future — "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and Cleese's "Fawlty Towers" comedy series are both BBC properties — Cleese told the network, "Not on your nelly."

Why? "Because I wouldn't get five minutes into the first show before I'd been canceled or censored," he told BBC News.

What else has Cleese been up to?

In July, Cleese told an audience at the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas that "woke attitudes" are having a "disastrous effect" on comedy and that he has seen writers and comics censoring themselves over fear of getting canceled.

In November 2021, Cleese actually canceled himself from a speaking gig at Cambridge University after he learned that an art historian at the school had been canceled over an impersonation of Adolf Hitler that reportedly offended students.

In 2020, Cleese ripped keyboard leftists, refusing to bow to them in the wake of their "transphobia" accusations after he signed a letter of solidarity with author J.K. Rowling, who herself has come under fire for statements challenging transgenderism.

"I hope they fry in their own sanctimoniousness and narcissistic posturing," Cleese said of the woke mob. "Until they get a sense of perspective, that is."

Way back in 2016, Cleese declared that political correctness would lead to a "1984" society and cautioned against hypersensitivity to anything and everything deemed hurtful and offensive.

"All humor is critical. If we start saying, 'Oh, we mustn’t criticize or offend them,' then humor is gone, and with humor goes a sense of proportion — and then, as far as I’m concerned, you’re living in '1984,'" Cleese said in a video, referring to George Orwell's classic dystopian novel. "So the idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to."

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