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‘The Braai Show’ saga: AKA ‘plays no role in season two’ as Cassper Nyovest takes over

Producers of SABC 1’s The Braai Show have clarified the issue of replacing rapper AKA with his arch enemy Cassper Nyovest as host of the primetime show.

Earlier this week South African rapper Cassper Nyovest announced through his social media pages that he was now the new host of The Braai Show, taking over from where AKA left.

Last year AKA had told his fans that he was the co-owner and executive producer of the show and had created it for his app.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Cake Media and MalhuduCom distanced any role AKA will play in future.

The production company said switching of hosts was to ensure maximum viewers and profits hence the hiring of Nyovest.

“Cake Media and MalhuduCom are sole executive producers of the television series The Braai Show for season two,” read the statement.

They clarified that their role was to deliver ‘maximum value for viewers and advertisers.’ Adding that AKA ‘plays no role in season two.’

“To this end, it is their mandate and prerogative to secure the most appropriate talent, evolve the show, secure funding and deliver a compelling product to audiences.

“Due to various reasons, they have had to pivot the show and solicit a new host in an effort to ensure success,” reads the statement.

In response to the new developments AKA and his management said they were unaware that The Braai Show will go ahead with a new presenter for the second season.

The show made its debut in May 2020 on AKA’s app but after his fans complained about the subscription of R50 ($3.38) per month he signed a deal with public broadcaster to move the show to SABC 1.

Meanwhile Cass has started shooting for the second season which will air every Wednesday from 8 September.