- The broadcaster e.tv has put to bed rumours that Scandal! actor Hungani Ndlovu was fired from the show
- The channel confirmed that the actor indeed left but it was on his own terms and it was a temporary arrangement
- This comes after rumours that Ndlovu was fired from the set due to bad behaviour
Actor Hungani Ndlovu has announced his exit from Scandal!. However, the show regular was not fired. Ndlovu said that the decision was based on his own request to take some time off filming. e.tv has released a statement confirming that Ndlovu’s character Romeo will not be killed off, leaving room for a possible return.
For a long time many suspected that Hungani was fired for the long-running show after rumours of his bad behaviour on set intensified.
Reports suggested that e.tv desperately wanted the actor off the show due to his poor attitude. However, a statement by e.tv has laid those nasty rumours to rest.
According to Zalebs, the statement said:
“e.tv has noted with concern the circulation of misleading media reports about the reasons for Hungani Ndlovu's temporary exit from popular daily drama Scandal! The channel, together with Ochre Media, refute the claims made that Hungani was fired from the show for bad behaviour, nor had his character, Romeo been killed off.
"The factual reason for his temporary absence is that the actor requested to go on leave. The talented actor, mentor, and NPO activist has contributed immensely to Scandal! over the years, and e.tv wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Entertainment blogger Phil Mphela further reiterated the statement and said:
“Hungani Ndlovu is NOT leaving Scandal. @etv has refuted claims that the actor, who plays Romeo on Scandal, has been fired & ‘Romeo’ killed off. According to the channel the actor has asked for a temporary leave from shooting and is still part of the show.”
Briefly.co.za had previously reported that Hungani Ndlovu reportedly left Scandal!. The actor is believed to be headed to America. Kenya Barris, the creator of US sitcom Black-ish, has shared that he would love to work with the star on the next season.
Barris reportedly took to Instagram Live recently and shared that he would like to cast Hungani on the popular show.
"I did some research on this young man and I was touched. The fact that he graduated for acting in Flii’Cademy in Los Angeles made him a star. And his work lately proves that he is the greatest because he is killing his role on Scandal!," said Barris.
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