Shaun Majumder not returning to This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Comedian Shaun Majumder is signing off from the anchor desk of the popular news parody show This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
He announced that he would not be returning to the show on Saturday, during the closing night festivities at The Gathering, an annual three-day festival of comedy, music and food.
According to a CBC reporter who attended, Majumder said “creative differences” played a part in his decision.
Majumder founded The Gathering in his hometown of Burlington, N.L., in 2012.
He was a member of the This Hour Has 22 Minutes cast from 2003 to 2010, when he left the show to star in Detroit 1-8-7. He returned to the show in 2011.
CBC, which broadcasts the weekly satire, confirmed the departure.
“Given the nature of the industry, it’s not uncommon to make a change with a cast member,” CBC representative Chuck Thompson said in an email. “This has happened several times over the years with other cast members on 22 Minutes.”
Thompson added that the show “decided to go in a different direction” but “looks forward to the possibility of working with Shaun in the future.”
Majumder told CBC News he will be making a public statement about his decision in the coming days.