Mumbai: The remaining 23 episodes of Star TV's game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati II" have been shelved and the programme has been called off as of now, with its anchor Amitabh Bachchan informing the channel that he would take a longer time than expected to resume the shoots.

Since the channel has run out of episodes from its banks, and with no signs of Amitabh returning to the sets, Star TV has finally called it a day for "KBC-Dwitiya," officials said on Wednesday.

"No fresh episode of KBC II will be shot ... Bachchan, who is in the process of recovering from his illness, has informed us that he will take longer to recover than earlier expected," Star India official Sameer Nair said.

The final blue print with regard to this decision is being worked out and will be declared in the next 3-4 days. The option of roping in Amitabh's actor son Abhishek Bachchan was considered but could not be worked out due to non-availability of dates. - PTI