The set of comedians who created the comedy classic Monty Python's Spamalot are facing a firestorm for what some believe is their active participation in seeing their property turned into a FOBT game at Ladbrokes.
The comedians John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle were facing some controversy from folks in the UK, as FOBTs have generated controversy as being too easy to access. The group took to Twitter this weekend to explain that they have no role in the property being turned into betting games, as a firm named Space Enterprises licenses the property for the group.
In a series of tweets John Cleese wrote: "Please understand that Python has no control over Spamalot activities. They pay us royalties. That's it."
"Python exercises no control over Spamalot decisions or actions. We are not even consulted."
"I would not have endorsed the decision to use Spamalot to promote gambling if I had been asked."