John Cleese in talks with BBC for shock return - after pledging never to work for them again
Comedy great John Cleese is in talks to return to the BBC for a sitcom which has been written specifically for him, according to reports.
The Fawlty Towers and Monty Python star, 76, had previously said he would never work for the corporation again, saying its commissioning editors had "no idea" what they were doing.
But, Shane Allen, the BBC's head of comedy, told the Daily Telegraph: "We're in discussions about a piece that he might be in. He's a comedy god, and the door is always open to him.
"There are certain people who have earned their badges, who have got the right to do what they want."
Cleese is best known for writing and starring in sitcom Fawlty Towers and co-founding and appearing in surrealist comedy group Monty Python since the 1960s.
The British actor also appeared in A Fish Called Wanda, two Harry Potter films and two James Bond movies, among several others.
In recent years, Cleese has taken work for financial benefit.
Following his costly divorce from third wife Alyce Eichelberger in 2008, Cleese went on a comedy tour in order to be able to afford the £12 million alimony payments.
In 2014, he reunited with his Monty Python co-stars for a series of live shows to pay a £800,000 legal bill after losing a royalties case against Mark Forstater.
The comedy troupe lost the case against Forstater, the producer of their second film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, over its musical version Spamalot.