Blogger and entertainment commentator, Phil Mphela, took to the timeline earlier today to share the news that Lerato Kganyago will reportedly be leaving Live AMP after two years with the show.
This comes after an alleged dispute between Kganyago and the SABC management following her request for permission to work on an upcoming Mzansi Magic show.
This is not the first time the SABC-DSTV dispute has proved problematic for SABC talent.
If in deed Lerato has resigned & was not fired... I have different info that says, Lerato got the offer from Project Runway, SABC refused to let her do it, she turned Project Down but came back to a NO contract with SABC... good on her.— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) April 17, 2018
But if she was fired, that's a worrying
We reached out to Kganyago's camp for confirmation but have yet to receive a response. We will keep updating this story however.
The SABC has since released a statement confirming "Lerato has resigned from the show to pursue other career interests after two successful years with the show."
Live AMP Series Producer, Akhumzi Jezile said in a statement, “it was an absolute pleasure watching Lerato grow with the Live AMP brand. Her love and passion for entertainment kept her grounded throughout her stay. She will no doubt make a success of anything she chooses to take on.”
Kganyago herself went on to add, “co-hosting Live AMP has been the most incredible and fulfilling ride of my entertainment career thus far. However two years in the same spot is a little too long for a Soweto girl like me who is always looking for a new challenge. I will forever be indebted to SABC 1 and Urban Brew for allowing me the unparalleled opportunity to showcase my talents on the country’s premium music entertainment offering.”
“Her commitment to the show is evident in her recent SAFTA win. We are grateful that as a public broadcaster we have contributed immensely in her television career and are proud to have had Lerato as part of the Live AMP family. We wish her well and we would like to thank her for her commitment to Live AMP and SABC1 over the years,” stated Zandile Nkonyeni, Head of Public Relations for SABC TV.
As stated earlier, Lerato’s last Live AMP show will air on Friday, 18th of May.
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