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The Star Early Edition - 2021-11-25

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Unathi Nkayi loses top hosting gig

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ANITA NKONKI anita.nkonki@inl.co.za

JUST a few days ago media personality Unathi Nkayi, pictured, was excited about her dream come true of hosting a big event, not knowing that the opportunity would not live to see the day. This came after GQ magazine decided to replace Nkayi as the host of its upcoming award ceremony, which is set to take place on Saturday. Reports said the decision may have stemmed from the brewing false abuse claims that had her axed at Kaya 959. A statement released by GQ magazine revealed that Nkayi would not be part of the award ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances. “It is with regret that singersongwriter, businesswoman, entertainer and reality show judge Unathi will no longer be joining us due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we continue our long-standing relationship with Unathi and look forward to upcoming opportunities in the future,” the magazine said. In a now-deleted post, the Idols judge had announced that she would be hosting South Africa’s most anticipated GQ magazine Men of the Year awards. “A dream come true and an absolute honour to host this year’s Men Of The Year Awards for GQ South Africa on the back of the Brits celebration hosted by Mr and Mrs Alba. Camagu (praise),” she wrote. This big announcement came amid the abuse claims against radio personality Sizwe Dhlomo. Nkayi claimed that Dhlomo had verbally abused her and described him as the worst person to work with as he was always late for his show, rude, arrogant and domineering. Dhlomo’s innocence was proven by a recording in studio of the altercation between the two, and the management made a decision based on it.

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