Unathi set to host TV show after being axed by Kaya FM

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Unathi Nkayi. Picture: Nick Boulton
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Amid the controversy surrounding her departure from Kaya FM, singer and Idols judge Unathi Nkayi is set to be the host of season two of The Festive Get Together in The Life Artois on Mzansi Magic.

Nkayi returns for the second season, following a drama-filled week in which she made headlines for being fired from Kaya FM after what was reported as being a verbal altercation between her and fellow host Sizwe Dhlomo.

READ: Why Kaya FM Axed Unathi

The first episode of the new season will air on December 1 at 9.30pm.

As well timed as this announcement has been for Nkayi, many are wondering whether radio will be on the cards for her moving forward, and how she views the seemingly candid commentary of the issue provided rather openly by Dhlomo. This, on top of a scathing initial statement from Kaya FM that painted her in an unflattering light.

Questions on these topics remain unanswered despite our attempts for comment.

The producers of The Festive Get Together in The Life Artois appear to be safeguarding their product and were wary of any line of questioning to do with Nkayi’s Kaya FM dismissal.

On Tuesday, Channel24 reported that she had also pulled out of hosting the upcoming 2021 GQ Man of the Year Awards ceremony, taking place on November 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel, due to unforeseeable circumstances.

GQ maintains that it will revisit working with Nkayi again in the future and as yet have not selected a replacement. It has also distanced itself from any notions that this decision was linked to her abrupt departure from the radio station when asked by Channel24.

READ: Unathi Nkayi to join Kaya FM

As for her second stint on The Festive Get Together, Nkayi, alongside chef Alessandro Khojane will bring together some of South Africa’s most beloved celebrities, whom you perhaps didn’t know are friends with each other, such as pals Minnie Dlamini and Melanie Bala, as well as singer J’Something and model/entrepreneur Maps Maponyane. The show will also see power couples such as Khuli Chana and Lamiez Holworthy discuss the importance of family and close ties in these times of uncertainty and an neverending pandemic.

#Trending is led to believe the show wrapped production a few weeks before her fiery departure from Kaya FM and it remains to be seen whether or not the fallout will affect the viewership of the second season in any way.

The first season aired last December and saw duos such as Black Coffee and Euphonik break bread on the show, as well as Sarah Langa and Kefilwe Mabote in a revealing episode.


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