Ajay Devgn replaces Salman Khan as 'Bigg Boss 8' host
The macho superstar of Bollywood, Salman Khan has successfully hosted several seasons of the wildly popular yet controversial game show Bigg Boss. However, the star was reported to be annoyed with the responses he got from the social network sites during the last season – Bigg boss 7. Several blogs accused the actor of undue favoritism and partiality for certain contestants. It was mainly aimed at his behavior and the advantages that he gave to Tanishaa Mukherjee. The runner up was sister in law to Ajay Devgn who is reputed to enjoy very good rapport with Salman. It was reported that Ajay and Kajol were not happy with Tanisha for entering the show. When she was finally defeated by Gauhar Khan, the rumors died a natural death. However, Salman was disgusted with the criticisms that poured from the social media sites and has reportedly decided not to host the next season of the show.
Several names were
floating around as the host with Ranbeer Kapoor and Ranvir Singh emerging as
strong contenders. However, it has now been confirmed that the producers of the
show have approached Ajay Devgn to host Bigg Boss 8. The actor
is not ready to commit to the project. When asked whether he wants to play the
host to the popular show, Ajay replied, "I really don't know. I cannot
comment on that - maybe I will or maybe not. I am not sure."
"Salman does it so well... he is watchable. I don't know if I can pull it off like Salman. I have not seen all the episodes, but a little bit here and there," he said.
In addition to working together in films like Hum dil de chuke sanam and London dreams, Salman also appeared in a cameo in Ajay Devgn starrer Son of Sardar and the two are known to be good friends. "I don't believe that rivals cannot be friends. All of us are friends, most of us at least. Salman, Sanjay Dutt, and me are very close. Earlier, we used to meet on each other's sets. Now it's become more professional, but we have a great rapport. Whenever we need each other, we stand for each other," added Ajay.
It remains to be seen whether Ajay finally accepts the anchor position and how the faithful fans of the show will react to having Salman replaced by Ajay.