2010-04-10 00:00

DURBAN comedian, Kaseran Pillay, described his departure from M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina on Wednesday as “a huge shock”.

The pact between Ashley Hayden and Pillay, which he hoped would take them to the final, was shattered when Hayden joined forces with exotic dancer GiGi and television presenter Sade to vote him off the reality show.

As fans of Survivor will know, after his name was revealed and before his torch was extinguished, Pillay stopped, winced in pain, reached behind his back and pulled out an imaginary knife. He then tossed it in Hayden’s direction, making it clear to everyone watching that he did not appreciate the betrayal.

The star of comedy shows like Those Indian Guys said he never expected Hayden, his best friend on the show, to stab him in the back.

“We were such good buddies on the island, so I really didn’t see it coming. My reaction on the show was completely honest,” Pillay added.

Hayden’s betrayal was made worse by the fact that earlier on Wednesday’s show, he had given up the chance to spend the day with his mum, Sally, to allow his four tribe mates to spend time with their loved ones instead. Asked what had prompted him to give up his reward, Pillay said: “I love my mother, but I also knew that Ashley was missing her husband and kids, and Pro [hip-hop star ProVerb] was missing his boy who had just started to walk at the time. To see the joy on their faces … I would do it again, no questions asked.”

Pillay’s mum, Sally, said the gesture hadn’t come as a surprise. “He made eight people happy. It thought it was grand. The other families told me they didn’t think they would have been able to do it. Everyone in his family is very proud of him.”

After being voted off, Pillay said he barely recognised himself when he saw himself in the mirror, adding: “I had this beard and was about 18 shades darker than I normally am.” He also lost 10 kg while on the show and has since worked hard to keep the weight off by eating properly, hitting the gym and training for a triathlon in May to raise money for the charity he supports on Survivor, the Durban Children’s Home.

Professionally he’s busier than before. Upcoming projects include sharing the stage with Aaron McIlroy in My Cousin’s Brother, and staging My Zulu Love Letter, a love story between an Indian immigrant and a Zulu girl in 1890. He is also filming the pilot of a television cooking show, and intends releasing a cookery book by the end of the year.

As for appearing on Survivor, Pillay says he is looking forward to being part of the jury who will help choose the winner of R500 000 for themselves and another R500 000 for their nominated charity in the live finale at 7.30 pm on April 21 on M- Net.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.