Speaking to etv.co.za Mgabadeli said even though she had never aspired to being on the small screen that she nevertheless loved her job with the current-affairs talk show.
"I love telling stories and being part of the history-making process in South Africa," she said. "TV is in a unique position to tell and show our stories to a large audience.
"But I didn't always want to be on TV - I simply wanted to be a journalist, and tell people's stories," she said.
"Initially the plan was to be a documentary producer, but I was offered a job on the business television channel <i>Summit TV</i> as a business news reporter and the rest is history.
Looking back to her younger days she added, "When I was a child, I wanted someone to pay me to read books... I'm still waiting."
Mgabadeli went on to say that most of her success was down to pure hard work and her ability to stay grounded. "I work very hard. I think if you really want to make a success of anything that you do, you must be willing to put in the work required.
"There are too many instances where people want success but are not willing to put in the hard work.
"I also work with really great people who push me to work harder," she said, adding, "I have a great support network of family and good friends who keep me on the straight and narrow.