China Central Television (CCTV) on Wednesday announced that it would punish one of its hosts after a video footage of his political comments at a dining table went viral.
"As a CCTV host, Bi Fujian's remarks in the video have had a major social impact. We will seriously handle the matter in line with related regulations and based on careful investigation," read the official Weibo account of CCTV on Wednesday.
The response came after a video footage of the popular host went viral on Monday.
Bi was seen in the video singing parts of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, an iconic play created during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), featuring a Communist soldier, who disguised as a bandit to infiltrate local bandits in Tiger Mountain in Northeast China.
He also used insults to describe late chairman Mao Zedong
, saying that Mao led people to misery.
The footage quickly ignited lively discussions online and CCTV later allegedly issued a notice banning Bi's programs for four days from Wednesday, but his programs were still available as of Wednesday noon, the news portal ifeng.com reported.
An online survey conducted by Sina Weibo showed that 53.3 percent of over 6,000 netizens who voted support the decision to ban Bi's programs for four days, while another 30.8 percent opposed the decision.
Bi, 56, is known for the talent show he hosted on CCTV. He has also been hosting the CCTV Spring Festival Gala since 2011.