After making some of the most viewed, shared, and liked video content online, AIB (All India Bakchod) announced on Wednesday that they will not be uploading any sketches for their Youtube channel. Though, they will continue their normal operations.
AIB claimed that due to no incoming revenue and operational costs piling up there will be no new sket from them anytime soon.
In a lengthy statement posted on social media, AIB wrote: "With no incoming revenue and operational costs piling up, we had to make some hard and unfortunately permanent decisions."We had to let our office space and entire team go overnight. Production, creative, administration, all of it... the AIB YouTube channel is for all intents and purposes, dead for the foreseeable future there will be no new sketches anytime soon."
The group, whose videos were a hit among youngsters, further said: "If and when we decide to release other content on the channel (for example standup clips), you will be the first to know."
The statement also delved upon the actions taken against Bhat and Khamba, who were both mired in the #MeToo movement. Khamba, one of the four key members of the collective, was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman.
AIB said they had an Internal Committee and Anti-Harassment system in place from the start."However, we recognise that the culture at work may not have been perfect and simply put, we need to be better. To that end, we maintain that Tanmay Bhat's lapse of judgment regarding Utsav Chakraborty was egregious. As a result, even though Tanmay Bhat's suspension has been lifted, he will no longer hold a position of CEO."
With regards to Khamba, AIB said an external committee was appointed to look into the allegations made against him in October 2018. While the proceedings of the committee remain confidential, AIB said that during the course of investigation, they were informed that Khamba had stepped away from the process citing issues with the procedure. The EC was unable to conclude the investigation on account of his withdrawal.
Bhat, it may be recalled, was suspended last October following complaints of not acting against sexual harassment allegations made regarding Utsav Chakraborty.
While, Khamba had stepped away from AIB after a survivor, who remained anonymous, accused him of sexually harassing her in 2015 and 2016. On two separate occasions, he had allegedly made unwanted advances and she had to push away. She also added that later he used to call her when he was drunk, threatened to ruin her relationships, emotionally blackmailed her and emotionally abused her for almost five months.
Given these circumstances, Gursimran Khamba will no longer be involved in operations at AIB, and will be working independent of the comedy .Now, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya will continue to manage the remaining affairs at AIB, apart from pursuing solo interests in the coming future.Their idea is to "never stop entertaining".