‘It kind of came out of nowhere’: Shaun Majumder on being fired from This Hour Has 22 Minutes

N.L. comedian says he was let go after sending 'positive, constructive letter' to show's producer

Shaun Majumder, who has been a cast member on This Hour Has 22 Minutes for more than a decade, has been fired and will not be returning to the show. (CBC)

Comedian Shaun Majumder says he was abruptly fired from the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes after sending a letter to producers offering creative input on the Halifax-based parody show.

Majumder was part of the cast of 22 Minutes, which airs on CBC-TV, from 2003 to 2010 and then returned in 2011 after a stint on ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7.

“I’ll be honest, it kind of came out of nowhere. I didn’t feel like that was the conversation I was going to have when I had that conversation with the producers,” Majumder told CBC News Monday from his hometown of Burlington, N.L.

Majumder said he’s known of the decision since June, but didn’t want to speak publicly until he had a clearer picture of the circumstances.

Majumder blamed creative differences for his firing, and said he had nothing but good things to say about the cast and crew of 22 Minutes.

He broke the news Saturday night while on stage during the closing festivities of The Gathering, an annual festival Majumder hosts in his hometown.

‘The straw that broke the camel’s back’

It wasn’t CBC’s decision to remove Majumder from the cast, according to the comic. He said it was a show producer who was responsible for his firing after Majumder voiced his concerns in a letter.

Majumder said despite having the funniest cast of characters in the country and the greatest writers, he felt as though that creative team of 22 Minutes wasn’t getting enough of a say in the final decision-making.