WHEN seasoned actress Moshidi Motshegwa announced during a radio interview this week that she wouldn’t be returning for season two of 1Magic’s hit telenovela The River, fans who enjoyed seeing her as Malefu on the show, went into a frenzy on social media.
Although she didn’t then reveal her reasons for her abrupt departure from the show, the rumour mill has it that she had beef with the director. But when asked about her departure, Moshide said the issue wasn’t with the director.
“I’ve never had an issue with any of the directors. My issues was with the executive producer, who said he wanted to diminish me. First, he said I’m too expensive, then he wanted to diminish me. In October last year, I was told I was going to be offered a contract for season two and on 1 December, I signed it, but on 21 December I was told my contract was not valid as my character no longer had a story. What they did to me was cruel, I couldn’t even say goodbye to some of the cast members.”
An insider confirmed that the reason Moshidi is not longer part of the show is because of the drama with the producer.
“Truth is she’s leaving the show because of behind-the-scenes drama between her and the show’s producer,” said the source.
Meanwhile, the show’s director is said to also have it in for the star as he felt she was being a diva.
“He was always vocal about the fact that he doesn’t like working with people who think they’re above production. Moshidi likes to take the script to the next level,” said a second mole.
Apparently, tension on set was so palpable it could be cut with a knife. It emanates from their creative differences. There was no way she was going to survive.
“It was decided she should rather leave the show, despite the fact that her character is loved by viewers,” said a third source.
Mzansi Magic’s publicist Philly Kubheka said: “We’re supportive of The River’s Safas nomination. We entrust writers and producers of each show to give the best content and the discretion on storylines and characters.”
– Sunday Sun