When one invest their time in following a television show on the daily the character we watch can sometimes feel like they are part of our lives.
So when they exit the shows it can be pretty heart breaking. That can be made worse when the character just leaves the show out of the blue or with some allegedly behind the scenes drama.
10 SA Actor’s Shocking TV Exits
“The Queen” T Gom’s exit drama
Rami Chuene’s character being killed off was preceded with some alleged behind the scenes drama. Sunday World reported that the relationship between Ferguson and Chuene deteriorated in real life following claims of exploitation by veteran actress Vathiswa Ndara, which Chuene publicly commented on without mentioning the Fergusons’ by name. However her comments were very are sensitive. Apparently the Ferguson’s never forgave her since then. Rami reportedly learned of her untimely on screen death when the new scripts came and it was no surprise for the cast and crew of “The Queen” that the Fergusons have hit back.
“The Queen” Mmabatho’s exit
Motsoaledi Setumo who played the role of Mmabatho took to social media to announce her departure from the show on the 5th February 2020.
The reason she gave for leaving The Queen was to broaden her horizon. She later on joined Motsweding FM’s drive team. This is actually not her first time on radio as in 2018 she had a show on Motswako. She actually graduated from Boston Media House specialising in Radio Broadcasting. She was asked how she ended up on television if she specialised in radio. This was her answer.
“God planted two seeds in me when he planted talent. Acting has always been a part of it all; and the first acting role I got, I was still working as a content producer on Radio 2000. I attended one acting workshop where the-then casting director of Generations spotted me and she decided to call me up for an audition and the rest is history.”
“The River” Malefu’s exit
Moshidi Motshegwa’s character Malefu’s departure from The River left a lot of fans of The River extremely heartbroken for the second time in a way. This is because we had already known about her imminent departure since early 2019.
Moshidi left the popular television drama after some alleged behind-the-scenes drama. In an exclusive interview with TshisaLIVE at the time, she detailed an alleged confrontation between the producers and herself, which apparently happened weeks before her contract was cancelled.
Moshidi said “I had had a disagreement with one of the executive producers. He reprimanded me and told me that I was being ‘cruel’ and I needed to stop. One of the younger actresses had complained that she can’t act (with me) because I am being cruel to her. I proceeded to ask what I had done and he couldn’t say, so I left the meeting and went home.”
In February 2020 Sello Maake Ka-Ncube who plays Malefu’s brother on The River, arrive with bad the news on the show. The story was that Malefu, who was in a remote location, had died after several visits to a hospital for treatment of an illness.
Of course, viewers weren’t afforded the opportunity to see all this happening. As they watched the episode they were heartbroken about Malefu’s death, almost as if they hadn’t seen it coming.
“Isibaya” Juda Ngwenya’s exit
Menzi Ngubane character Judas got killed off.
There was a statement from Philly Kubheka head of public relations and publicity at M-Net’s local entertainment channels. He revealed the following.
“After four successful seasons on Isibaya, Menzi Ngubane, who plays the role of Judas Ngwenya, is leaving the show. . . Sadly, the story of Judas Ngwenya has come to an end, his terrible deeds have led him to his own tragic death.” There was no mention of the reasons behind his exit, though many reports suggested that the actor had been dumped by Isibaya.
But Menzi took to Instagram to set the record straight, addressing the allegations by saying he hadn’t been dumped from the show and was leaving the production a happy man.
“Isibaya” Thandeka Zungu’s exit
Nomzamo Mbatha bide farewell to her character of Thandeka Zungu that she had played for about 7 years. Producers and writers at Isibaya decided to kill off her character in March.
There are reports that claim Mbatha had asked to be released from the show in 2018, but the writers and producers wouldn’t let her go because she was the viewers favourite on Isibaya.
A source said “For the longest time, it became tricky and difficult to write her off because she is the show’s darling. They did their best to keep her in the story line. They even made arrangements to work around her schedule after she relocated to Los Angeles in the US.”
The source said whenever Mbatha was in the country they would shoot more scenes and bank them.
“Even though they were working around her schedule, it was no longer viable for both her and the production team. Eventually they came to the conclusion to kill off her character,” added the source.
“Isibaya” Queen Qondi’s exit
Jessica Nkosi who plays the role of the sweet and lovable heroine Queen Qondi has bid farewell to Mzansi Magic’s most watched show. In March 2020 said the following about her departure from Isibaya. “Yes, I am leaving the show. But I am still shooting my last scenes right now. I am not sure how Qondi is going to exit the show, but I will know in the coming weeks as I am having a meeting with the production team.”
Jessica Nkosi has hinted to her fans that her desire was to play challenging roles as an actress.
She once revealed that she would love to play a villain, among other characters.
“I have a list of the characters I want to play. I’m not even close to completing my list. I want to play a superhero; I want to play the villain who kills everybody; I want to play the druggy on the street; I want to play a man even. I want to be able to gain weight to play a certain character. I always think of Charlize Theron who gained weight to be in Monster, and I’m like, that’s what I want to do,” she told Drum magazine about three years ago.
“Uzalo” Mazaza recast
Sphelele Mzimela was the actress who initially played the character of Mazaza on the country’s most watched television show Uzalo. The character of Mazaza hasn’t left the show, however the actress has been recast.
Sphelele Mzimela was allegedly shown the door after the show’s producers discovered that she was pregnant. The role that Mzimela portrayed has since been given to Mpume Ngwenya. A close source to the show said “Sphelele made a wrong choice to fall pregnant when her role in the show is big at the moment. It is going to blow people away, the way tables are going to be turned by her in the show. She was not supposed to fall pregnant, even if she was madly in love or had a stable boyfriend. This industry needs you to be calculative when it comes to family planning.”
Another source said: “The signs that Sphelele was pregnant started showing during the shoots. “She would vomit right in the middle of the shoot and that will force the entire cast to start all over again.
“At some stage, she would come to work only to report that she wasn’t feeling well. That will force the cast not to go through with the shoot of her scenes.”
“Rhythm City” Rene’s exit
Amo Chidi who has played the character of Reneilwe for about 8 years exit was a tough one. Amo is one of three actors who are leaving the soapie.
She did write a message to her colleagues and fans on social media that reads.
“It has been a great honor to have shared the past 8 years of my career with an excellent cast and crew. It is bitter-sweet to say goodbye, you will be greatly missed.”
My time on Rhythm city has been fruitful and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and grown creatively.
Thank you to my fans for the unwavering support.
As I humbly begin the next chapter of my career. I’d like to wish my Rhythm city family continued success.
“Rhythm City” Lerato’s exit
Samkelo Ndlovu who played the role of Lerato in Rhythm City shared the news of her departure on a long thread that was supported by screenshots of notes she had written.
She captioned her post “Without dragging this out – I’d like to formally announce my departure from Rhythm City drama. I have stated the reasons why I am explaining this in the statement below.”
She went on to say my employer and I have parted on a positive note, and we will miss each other dearly.
She also said “I encourage you not to listen to any tabloids or rumors about my exit. I’ve had an awesome time. Media will try to push an agenda that rejects the narrative that an actor can leave and not be written out or fired. It can happen and has happened before.”
“Rhythm City” David Genaro’s exit
Jamie Barlett has bid farewell to the character of David Genaro which he has played for 13 years.
Jamie said that he felt very relieved that the time for the character to rest had finally come.
Speaking to SowetanLIVE Jamie said “You can’t play a character like that unless you love it. When you are Genaro, you need to make sure the audience is connected from all genres to all ages. You know you are doing something right when people shout and weep when they see you.”
Social media didn’t take the character death all too well this February. Some are hoping that this is also a fake death and he shall come back like he did once before.