The channel says there is no bad blood between them and Salman Khan. "Salman moved on to Bigg Boss 4 amicably," says Ajit Thakur, EVP and business head, Sony Entertainment. "There was no bad blood between the channel and him. Sony, as a team, loves him and wishes him luck with Bigg Boss 4. It will definitely keep its doors open for the actor to return to his pet show, 10 Ka Dum."
He adds that the show’s format will remain with the channel for the next two years. A closed-door meeting was held between Sony officials and Khan on Wednesday afternoon that reportedly resulted in an amicable agreement between the parties.
Our source from the channel, on condition of anonymity, says "Salman had approached us to allow him to move on to another show. He just wanted a change of atmosphere. Since the channel has always accepted his requests, it relented this time too. He wanted the move to be very peaceful and didn’t want anyone to lose out in the bargain."
It is believed that Salman Khan was offended by Sony Entertainment’s attitude towards the game show, and therefore jumped ship to Bigg Boss 4 on Colors. The actor, who is said to have been paid handsomely for hosting two seasons of the show, was reportedly upset because the channel had shifted its focus from introducing DKD 3 in September to flagging off Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 with Amitabh Bachchan in October.
There is also speculation that the actor had put forth the condition that he would do the show only if his brother Sohail’s show was given the green-signal by the channel. When asked to comment, Thakur says, “Salman is a sweet and emotional person. He doesn’t talk numbers and conditions. He loves 10 Ka Dum and we love him in the host’s shoes. I can just say that these are speculative remarks and have no base.
At a later stage, if Salman makes up his mind to return, the show will kick off.”