John Cleese mocked as he slams BBC snubbing Monty Python for decades

John Cleese criticises being 'censored' by the BBC

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Taking to Twitter, John Cleese posted a forthright message that asked: “Can anyone (including BBC employees) tell me why the BBC has not shown Monty Python for a couple of decades?”

Fans flocked to his page to give him the answer and some mocked him mercilessly with their responses.

One fan wrote: “Because they don’t own the license, John Cleese.”

Another added: “If you’d been brighter, John, you’d retained your own rights, but you’re not, so you didn’t. Netflix owns you and Monty.”

While a third tweeted: “Can anyone tell me how John Cleese (including his accountant or agent) doesn’t know that the BBC showed Monty Python back in 2019 for the 50th anniversary then Netflix bought the rights to show it in the UK.”

However, some fans supported John’s post and felt the classic needed to be back on the BBC

With a fan posting: “Monty Python was and still is a show far ahead of its time.”

While another tweeted: “I love it John, but it is very much ‘of its time’.

“People will rediscover the material in good time because it was very good.”

Monty Python and the Flying Circus was a popular TV sketch series that was commissioned and aired on the BBC in 1969.

The show started as a comedy troupe made up of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, the late Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman.

They made their first series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus for the BBC in 1969 and went on to make 45 episodes across four series for the corporation.

The Pythons also made five feature films including Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975 and Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979.


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John, who was a founding member of six piece comedy troupe, would’ve had to have given his consent to Netflix obtaining the rights back in 2019.

So some fans are bewildered at why John would have posted such a tweet.

The deal included giving Netflix the rights to air all of their movies, collections, and specials.

Earlier this year the star admitted that even though his illustrious career spans over seven decades, he is not as wealthy as his fans think he is.

During his time as part of Monty Python, the star claims that the group was paid just £4,000 per series by the BBC for the comedy sketch show.

John also said he was paid just £6,000 for writing and starring in the BBC classic Fawlty Towers and does not receive any royalties from that show.

Speaking on the ShowTalk podcast about his time on the shows and the payments he received from the BBC he said: “I only did three series of Python and a couple of series.

“Just 12 programmes, of Fawlty Towers, and I used to say I did a lot of work for charity, most of it for the BBC.”

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