Cake Media and MakhuduCom have stated that they are the sole executive producers of season two of The Braai Show and embattled rapper AKA, real named Kiernan Forbes, “plays no role” in the new season.
This comes after the second season of the popular cooking show caused controversy by replacing AKA as host with his rival rapper Cassper Nyovest.
The new season of the show will premiere on SABC1 on September 8. “As a business, the executive producers have a duty to deliver maximum value for viewers, broadcasters and advertisers,” Cake Media and MakhuduCom said in a joined statement.
“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. Kiernan Forbes (AKA) plays no role in season two.
“Cassper Nyovest is the new host of The Braai Show and the executive producers believe audiences are going to enjoy what they have in store this time around.”
Asked if AKA was the executive producer for season one, Cake Media and MakhuduCom replied: “Kiernan Forbes (AKA) was credited as executive producer for season one.”
A press statement has been circulating on social media, supposedly from AKA’s legal team Tailor Made Law, threatening legal action.
But we could not verify if the statement was fake or real. AKA's management team, The T-Effect, declined to say on it.
Tailor Made Law had not responded to questions at the time of going to print and there was no contact number on it. Their website only had an email address where clients can send consultation requests.
AKA's publicist Phumza Nohashe had earlier referred our news team to the statement circulating on social media but hours later, she sent a response from AKA's management team, saying: “As stated in a press release issued three months ago, our client, Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes, took a business decision to temporarily step back from his public commitments and partnerships, so that he may focus on his unfortunate personal circumstances at the time, as well as his personal healing.
“His stance, on Wednesday, as a partner and creator of The Braai Show is to see it thrive as an extension of his business entity.
“Conversations are ongoing to redress whatever public perceptions have been put out about this upcoming season and his main focus is to ensure that all parties involved’s commitments are met, as he would have in other time.”
Cake Media and MakhuduCom denied that there is a legal battle.
Gugu Ntuli, SABC group executive for corporate affairs and marketing, said the public broadcaster has not been officially approached by both parties on the matter.
“It must be noted that the SABC has only licensed The Braai Show from Cake Media, who is the distributor of the finished product and is not involved in the back-end of this production and other matters pertaining to the show,” Ntuli said.