Phat Lips: ‘I’ll be back on air’

2009-10-03 13:31

AXED Kaya FM breakfast show host Phat Joe says it is sad and painful to have lost his job, but he cannot say that he did not see it coming.

His dismissal comes after he came under fire from listeners for the way he handled a discussion on the Caster Semenya saga.

“I do not want to comment much on this issue. It is obviously saddening but I cannot say that I did not see it coming. It was not a complete shock. I’m obviously not the first person to lose their job,” the DJ said.

Phat Joe, whose real name is ­Majota Khambule, was dismissed with immediate effect from his show on Friday. He did not want to comment on whether he felt he was unfairly dismissed but said people could draw their own conclusions based on all the news reports about him over the past two weeks.

Khambule is not the only casualty of the Semenya saga. Controversial strip club owner Lolly Jackson will have to pay Semenya R20?000 because of a row over one of his Teazers billboards, stating: No need for gender testing!.

During his regular listener call-in segment, Khambule invited listeners to express their views about the latest developments in the debacle.

Instead of saying Semenya had under-developed internal testes ­instead of ovaries and a womb, Khambule repeatedly said she had testicles.

He added: “Could it be at this point she has not had her period? She should have known that something was wrong; or is she still waiting for her period? Did she cheat at the IAAF championships?”

The Johannesburg station received an overwhelming number of calls, direct emails, webmaster emails, SMSes, complaints to agency BCCSA and Facebook messages on The Phat Joe Morning Show page over the past two weeks all expressing anger and disapproval about how the DJ handled the issue.

An internal investigation by the radio station involved an assessment of all comments received by Kaya?FM versus what Khambule said during his show.

The station found that: “Phat Joe had created the potential for a fair amount of risk with regard to the relationships that the station has with its listeners, advertisers and stakeholders groups.”

But Khambule insists his fans have not heard the last of him.

“There will always be something. I take pride in my work and there are outlets out there that still want to see my work showcased,” he said.

Khambule’s career has had its fair share of ups and down.

)?He was given a lifeline at Kaya FM to host the Phat Joe Morning Show in March last year, more than four years after SABC1 canned The Phat Joe Show.

)?He was one of the pioneering DJs at YFM between 1997 and 1999.

)?In 2001, he slammed, saying working there was like “being in Afghanistan being run by the Taliban”, and for ridiculing former talkshow host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle.

)?When he joined the Metro?FM Midday show he lambasted YFM and while he was at YFM, he did the same to Metro?FM.

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