Sushi-and-champagne-guzzling millionaire Kenny Kunene hit the headlines – again - this weekend when comedian Loyiso Gola used the occasion of the launch of his reality show to make some hard-hitting criticisms. It’s just the latest controversy to hit the TV programme before it even airs. By REBECCA DAVIS.
The former teacher from Odendendaalsrus is in the news again for reasons unconnected with sushi. Kunene is about to star in South Africa’s first “super-rich reality show”. “So What” promises viewers thrilling insights into Kunene’s personal and business life, interspersed with “the truth about his rags-to-riches life story”.
So far, so good (if you like that sort of thing). The problem is that Kunene had promised the show to SABC1, with the first episode scheduled to air this Thursday. In fact, SABC1 is still advertising it as going to air on that date. The first the producers found out this wasn’t to be was the same time as the public did: when Kunene made a surprise appearance at an etv bash last week to announce that the show would, in fact, be broadcast on the independent channel. Rumour has it the paperwork wasn’t sorted yet and Kunene decided etv would be a better fit (without informing the SABC).
But that wasn’t the element of the etv bash that attracted the most attention. That honour went to Gola, hired for the occasion to tell a few light jokes, who took advantage of the platform instead to tell Kunene what he really thought of him. “How can you fuckin’ come here revving your Lamborghinis while outside here people are starving; you speak about women like that while there is Aids out there killing people!” Gola is reported to have yelled. The thick-skinned Kunene probably welcomed the extra publicity. No doubt we’ll find out in the first episode of “So What”. DM
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