The Fawlty Towers legend vowed he would not set foot inside the corporation once again in an interview in 2015.
At the time the Monty Python star blasted the BBC as “clichéd”.
He stated: “There’s no other way I wish to operate in TELEVISION, specifically at the BBC.
“I have a nasty feeling a large proportion of the commissioning editors have no idea what they’re doing.”
“2015 John Cleese says never again, the BBC is useless. 2018 John Cleese says yes please, give me cash”
A fan of John Cleese
But he has actually now had a change of mind, and stars in brand-new comedy Hold The Sunset.
Cleese declared: “It was the best script I’d read in 100 years, I loved it.”
The U-turn has actually not pleased some fans.
One stated: “2015 John Cleese states never ever once again, the BBC is worthless.
“2018 John Cleese says yes please, give me cash.”
But others are anticipating his return 39 years after his run as Basil Fawlty ended.
One composed: “It’s a shame it’s taken this long.”
Shane Allen, BBC controller of Comedy commissioning, stated: “It’s a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did all right.”