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Phat Joe quits East Coast Radio

By Faeza
05 July 2017

The drive time presenter is said to be leaving "due to a variety of exciting new commitments outside of KZN".


Phat Joe, who has been with ECR for a year, is leaving the station, according to an announcement on the station's website.

“Phat Joe is one of the most respected entertainment personalities in South Africa, and while the relationship has ended sooner than we would have liked, we understand the demanding nature of his new projects.

At the same time the Drive show is one of the flagship shows on the station and requires the full-time dedication of its host in Durban.  We would like to wish Joe all the success with his new ventures, which he will be launching soon. He remains a friend of East Coast Radio,” said East Coast Radio Programming Manager Zane Derbyshire.

However, it's not been a rapport between the station and the radio veteran without controversy. The station's listeners were not shy to express their disapproval of his contribution to the station. Within that year, Joe was at some point suspended a comment he made on air. He caused an uproar when, on his afternoon drive-time show, he said to thousands of listeners that he felt ‘Down Syndromish’.

Joe was recently unveiled as the host of Vuzu's upcoming dating game show Take Me Out Mzansi.