New Delhi: Popular TV anchor Manish Paul, who has replaced Drashti Dhami on `Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7`, says his comeback on the show has not affected his friendship with the `Madhubala` actress.
The 32-year-old actor has taken over hosting job on the Colors show from Dhami from this week onwards.
"Our friendship is not affected at all by this. I spoke to Drashti before taking up the show. She is a very dear friend of mine. When I told her I will be replacing her she graciously accepted that and there was no problem as such. I don`t know why Drashti got replaced," Manish told.
Manish hosted the last two seasons of the celebrity dance reality show with Ragini Khanna and Kapil Sharma. Manish and Kapil garnered lot of appreciation for their comic antics on the show.
As Manish and Kapil got busy with other projects, the channel decided to introduce Dhami, last season`s winner on `Jhalak`, as the new host with Ranveer Shorey.
But the channel was forced to replace Dhami as she failed to strike a chord with the audience as a host.
Manish, who has shot two episodes so far, said his collaboration with Shorey was fun.
"I was not offered the hosting gig this time. But the channel contacted me recently. So far, I have shot just two episodes of `Jhalak...`. It was good working with Ranveer. We have a good comic timing on the show. Ranveer is a good host," Manish said.