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Egypt’s Ramadan TV series marked by controversy — again

From sexual harassment accusations to diplomatic summons, Egypt’s Ramadan TV series are facing controversy, with prankster Ramez Galal as the top villain.

Egyptian talk show host Ramez Galal is no stranger to controversy. Ever since he started his career as the host of daring pranks in 2011, Galal has played many pranks on celebrities that got him into hot water. Paris Hilton, whom he got crying and screaming for her life during a staged plane crash, threatened to sue him. Steven Seagal and Antonio Banderas, who thought that they were caught in a fire, punched him. Sheikh Sayyed Salman, Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Alumni Union member, issued a fatwa against his prank show “Ramez Sub Zero,” saying it was not permissible to scare people.

In May, Galal made headlines once more, this time with allegations of sexual harassment toward actress Yasmine Sabri that could have lost him his show, given the current global reactions to sexual harassment.

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