Salman ousts Akshay Kumar from ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’ season 4

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 08:30 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: This could turn out to be one clincher which Bollywood khiladi Akshay Kumar would rue for long. Buzz has it that Salman Khan has replaced Akki in the fourth season of the incredibly adventurous reality show ‘Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi’.

This could also prove to be a bigger blow to Akshay when compared to his dismal performance in a string of flops last year.

Grapevine is abuzz that Salman`s friendship with the channel`s head may have lead to a change in loyalties. Speaking to a daily, a source said, "After successful runs with ‘10 Ka Dum’ and ‘Bigg Boss 4’ and his runaway hit, ‘Dabangg’, Salman is on a hot streak. The clincher could be BB4`s higher TRPs than Akshay has ever had on his show for the same channel.”

A source close to the actor further revealed - "Salman shot a promo for KKK4 in Bangkok while shooting for Bhushan Kumar`s `Ready`. He would never shoot a promo unless he had signed a contract. The channel is debating on how to break the news to Akshay who was kicked about hosting the show`s fourth season.”
Salman undoubtedly has also won the war of television ratings (TRPs), with ‘Bigg Boss 4’, taking a clear lead over Akshay’s ‘Masterchef India’.

The channel on the other hand replaced Akki in the second season with Priyanka Chopra, but Akshay’s image so etched with the theme of the show compelled the makers to bring him back in its third season.

So, now the big question is will Salman be able to pull off KKK4 with the same flamboyance as Akki? Only time will tell!