JUST RECENTLY, SABC-owned Metro FM suspended Pearl Thusi and her co-host Phat Joe after they attacked Bonang Matheba on air.  Now Pearl and the SABC are at it again!



The SABC announced her departure from Live AMP and said her final show would be tonight but sources close to Pearl told Daily Sun she was not even willing to present the show.

“She apparently said they should pre-record the show as she had things to do on Friday,” said our source.

SABC TV Network PR manager, Zandile Nkonyeni, said they are happy to have played a significant role in her growth as a presenter.

“She has been a marvel to work with and we wish her well in all her future projects,” said Nkonyeni.

It is understood DJ Warras will be presenting the show by himself until they get a replacement. But Daily Sun has it on good authority that her departure was not smooth sailing at all.

Pearl allegedly gave the SABC the boot about four days ago and the executives almost fell off their chairs.

“This placed pressure on the producers as they had just began their new slot at 7.30pm and now one of their top presenters was leaving,” said the source.

Pearl will be presenting the African leg of popular MTV American show Lip Sync Battle, co-hosting the show with Nigerian superstar Dbanj.

“The show needed someone who knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry and music. Someone who is spicy as well,” she said at the launch of the show at the Sasani Studios in Joburg.

Things are said to have taken an ugly turn when the SABC found out yesterday that Pearl would be the new presenter and had to quickly send out a statement before the announcement was made.

Pearl Thusi

A second source said Pearl is happy to leave. “The way she left is sad but she will be very happy to spread her wings,”

said the source. Pearl’s management, Capacity Relations CEO Sarit Tomlinson thanked the SABC and Urban Brew for a long partnership.

“It is a relationship which has helped shape her career.

“The time has come, however, for her to explore other incredible prospects and collaborations to be revealed in the next few weeks,” said Sarit.

She confirmed that Pearl resigned four days ago but poured cold water on the allegations that she refused to do her exit show.

“They will be sending her out with a bang because they had become a family. Pearl has so much respect and love for them,” said Sarit.

She added: “Nothing has changed with regard to her radio show with Phat Joe at the moment.”

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