Bubbly comedian Tumi Morake opened up about the humiliation she went through when she was the host of the very popular TV series Our Perfect Wedding. Tumi wrote a book and in it, she tells all.
Tumi's book And Then Mama Said... reveals a number of things that happened to the comedian. She also revealed what happened to her during her time as host of Our Perfect Wedding. It's available in stores now.
While she was able to remain professional and not let her pain show on screen, Tumi was really hurt by what happened off camera.
At first, she was excited to be part of the team and host the show. She also saw the exposure as something that would attract more people to her stand-up comedy shows.
She tells that she was never treated worse by men in the industry than during her time at OPW, as reported on by TimesLIVE.
As a comedian, writer and MC I had never been told that my weight was an issue. It only ever cropped up on social media or at family gatherings, but never quite as humiliatingly as it did when I presented this show.
She was constantly and quite rudely reminded of her weight and what a 'problem' her belly was for the show's executives and the production team.
Tumi said she knew she gained weight after having a baby but the way she was treated felt unnecessary.
One incident she described told of how she came under fire over her natural hair. A crew member heard the exchange and when Tumi broke down when she was alone, the woman hugged her, appalled at how she was treated.
Tumi claimed that even her natural hair came under fire and after everyone left she broke down.
I felt like a toddler who’d fallen down. As a parent, if you say nothing and just look away the toddler tends to just get up, decide it wasn’t so bad and gets on with life. But if you react and rush to fix the booboo, they realise it hurts and they start wailing. My cast member had pointed at my booboo and it hurt. I swallowed the tears.
Tumi remained a pro and made sure to be the best host OPW ever had to she would be remembered.
I left the show after two seasons and there was an overwhelming demand for my return. I felt like I had won. My worth had been taken into account and nothing they threw at me could break me.
Tumi showed professionalism at its best when she was treated incredibly badly. Now that's the stuff of inspiration.
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