7 takeaways from Katlego Maboe’s emotional interview on returning to Expresso

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  • TV presenter Katlego Maboe is back on the Expresso Morning Show after taking two years off to deal with his personal matters.
  • Upon his return, he sat down with co-host Graeme Richards in an emotional tell-all interview.
  • Katlego reflected on what the past two years were like, his darkest moments as well as picking up the pieces of his life.

On Monday, 8 August 2022, TV presenter Katlego Maboe made his return to S3’s Expresso Morning Show after a tumultuous two years that saw him lose his job following abuse allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, Monique Muller.

The episode saw the 35-year-old warmly welcomed to the set by his colleagues Graeme Richards, Zoe¨ Brown and Ryle De Morny – who all expressed their happiness about having him back. Viewers also got a chance to send their well wishes to him through voice notes that were played throughout the show.

A clip from Katlego’s interview with his co-host Graeme was also played and saw the emotional presenter open up about the challenges he faced over the past two years and his excitement about getting back in front of the camera and waking Mzansi up in the feel-good way Expresso has become synonymous with.

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The show ended with a musical rendition of Shania Twain’s You’re Still The One by Katlego, who revealed his plans of going into the music industry.

Here are seven takeaways from his interview:

Mixed emotions about being back

When asked by Graeme what being back in their studios felt like, Katlego described that he was going through a whirlwind of emotions.

“A lot has changed. I didn’t know what this would feel like – but the kitchen still smells good! I don’t even recognise the place anymore. It felt strange. It felt good. It felt welcoming, like home – just a home that you haven’t seen in a long time,” he shared.

What he missed about being on the show while away

Katlego also reflected on his time away from being a host of the show and said that, more than anything, he missed the sense of family and warmth that his colleagues always gave him.

“I feel genuine love and warmth when I walk into the studio and it feels reciprocated. The smiles are real. It’s family, and I missed that. No matter what was happening in my life around me, I was always able to walk through that door and know that there would be a surge of this welcoming feeling. I missed that,” he said.

“I would always walk out of here feeling like I could conquer the world every single time. That was a natural part of the bubbly energy that I had and, for a long time, that flame was extinguished. It’s amazing to officially be back. I love that Expresso always has been, remains and always will be about the South African viewer who chooses to tune in every single day. On some level, they depend on this show to give them that starting momentum to the day. It’s the kind of ethos in which I approach this job,” he continued.

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Lessons from the past two years

On what he learnt about himself over the past two years, Katlego said that among other things, he’s learnt to become a better father to his son.

“I'm becoming the better man that I want to be for my son, I'm becoming the better father I want to be for him. I see the benefit that I have had a solid two-and-a-half years of cool, quality time with my son and nothing could ever replace that. No amount of money, dreams, ambition or achievement could ever replace that,” he said before revealing that the ‘new’ him was all about positivity.

“The ‘new’ me is certainly not the ‘old’ me. But, there are certainly elements of the ‘old’ me that remain that I think have stood me in good stead. No matter what has happened to me over the past couple of years, I never want to let go of this desire that I have to be a force of positivity in people’s lives. There have been many touch-and-go moments where my self-identity was questioned but I worked my way through it with support from friends and family and people who I met in person or on social media who have constantly told me to ‘Get up and start again’,” he added.

Darkest moments

Although he is now in a much better space mentally, Katlego admitted that he had a lot of dark moments during his scandal and would even lock himself up in the house or cover up with a mask and cap whenever he had to be in public spaces.

“The beginning was certainly the darkest moment for me. It didn’t matter if it was 10 or 15 years that you put into something, everything in one moment became impermanent. There was a moment when I thought the darkest thoughts. I thought wouldn’t it be better if it was just done? Just quickly. Now. Done. My family wouldn’t have to worry about having to call me every day and deal with me. But, the reason for it all needs to come from somewhere and, for me, that was Phoenix (his son), he explained.

Picking up the pieces

Eventually, Katlego says he managed to start picking up the pieces of his life by mourning the past.

“All I could do at the time was step back and look at the pieces around me and mourn them because I did. I had to mourn it. It was a death of sorts. But, at some point, you can either sit and mourn until you don’t know how to get up anymore or you decide that no matter what I have to get up today. I will find a reason to get up and put one foot forward until the reason you started it all has cemented itself somewhere in your being so that you generate momentum again. So, you can start picking up the good pieces of what was broken and remould them into something new,” he explained.

“I think the acceptance of imperfection certainly stands out – not that I, in any way, shape or form, ever regarded myself as being perfect. But that pursuit of imperfection that was illusive and unattainable and the acceptance of that imperfection and realising that I am an imperfect human being, in its own way, was quite beautiful. That realisation came to me, even more so, once I had my son. I would look at him and the way he looks at me and how he tries to imitate me in certain things that he does, made me find certain stability within myself of acceptance where, perhaps, he would learn, in the years to come, to accept himself for who he is. It made me realise that I am made of strong stuff. I have to believe that I am made of stronger stuff than this,” he added.

Hopes and dreams

Now that he’s back to being his optimistic self, Katlego feels positive about the future and has big plans for his family and his career, which he hopes to expand by getting into the music industry.

“The hopes and dreams I have always had are still there but I have a new perspective as well  - especially in the relationship between me and my son. A lot of people look at the last couple of years and the downside of it. They look at the loss and everything that came with that but I look at the fact that I have had a solid two and a half years of quality time with my son and nothing can replace that. Not any amount of money or dream or ambition or achievement could ever replace that. But yes, I want to show him what the world is about, the importance of connection with human beings, to have empathy and understanding. Of course, I would still love to make a mark on the local broadcasting scene, knowing and understanding how important this platform is in shaping the country every day. There is my passion for music as well, which excites me,” he said.

Message to fans

Katlego’s interview ended with a heartfelt message of gratitude to those who have supported him.

“I missed you. To every single person who has prayed for this moment and wielded it to come to fruition, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I cannot tell you how much this means to me. Here’s to many more feel-good moments,” he said to his fans.

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