- Shona Ferguson is leaving Mzansi's favourite telenovela The Queen
- Shona's character, Jerry Maake, will not be appearing in the soapie's upcoming Season 5
- However, Shona will be working behind the scenes as the co-producer of the show
The Fergusons have confirmed that the character of Jerry Maake is permanently leaving The Queen.
Maake, who is played by the show's co-producer Shona Ferguson, will not be appearing on the telenovela's upcoming Season 5.
However, Shona will still be working behind the scenes and developing more content for the show.
Maake was a tough cop on the show who always disappeared and came back to life when villains thought they had gotten away with murder.
In a statement sent to TshisaLIVE, Shona expressed his disappointment about Maake leaving the show for good.
"I loved playing Jerry Maake. He stands out as one of my favourite characters. The character was inspired by my late father, pastor PH Ferguson, so he will always be dear to my heart. I'm sad to say goodbye to him, but I'm looking forward to focusing my energy behind the scenes and developing more content for our beloved viewers and supporters."
Connie Ferguson said due to the influx of new characters joining the show, some of the current characters would not be returning.
Briefly.co.za has reported that the Fergusons caused an uproar on social media last week when news broke that another favourite from The Queen, Dineo Langa, had been fired from the soapie.
Ferguson Films came out to dispute the claims. Their show runner, Laura Nell, told IOL that Dineo had not been fired.
"Dineo's contract was not terminated. She is still on payroll until the end of May. Dineo was released to go and shoot her movie. Scripts had to be rewritten to accommodate this as she was on an 'A' story line. She was scheduled to return in April, but due to the lockdown, everything has changed."
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