Thembisa Dishes On Her OPW Departure
Although there was no bad blood between Thembisa Mdoda and her former employer, the presenter has shared a few interesting stories, most notably the fact that she began to feel underappreciated by the production team.
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In an interview with Gareth Cliff on Cliff Central, the presenter and actress began by saying it was time to give other people an opportunity to reap the benefits of the platform.
“I loved that show so much. It did so much for me as a woman, as an artist, as a person, as a mom. I honestly felt that it needed to do that for someone else. I’d been there for two years, the longest running presenter. I had won three awards and I felt that someone else needed to feel what I felt going through on the show,” she said.
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She then touched on some of the less pleasant aspects of her departure
“If I feel that I am not seen and I feel that they no longer care, then I am going to go. Literally, when we had negotiations I felt I needed to go… As someone who studied drama and who appreciated the work I do, I am not going to lie, I didn’t feel appreciated,” she added.
Despite this, you get the impression that Thembisa has nothing but love for the show and its audience. It’s easy to tell this by the way she speaks about what she hopes to see in the next presenter. “I would love the person [who gets the job] to actually love the show. I was looking for a host more than I was [looking] for a presenter. A people’s person and someone who can deal with emotions and unexpected things. Because, presenting OPW is not just a job, you become a big part of someone’s big day,” said the starlet.
While the search for a new OPW host continues, Lerato Moloi and Nomsa Buthelezi will be holding it down for the duration of the current season.
This story first appeared here on www.all4women.co.za