Gumbi takes over

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SABC1’s pop­u­lar game show has un­der­gone a face-lift. Alas, the pop­u­lar DJ Sbu has left and ec­cen­tric co­me­dian Trevor Gumbi is now at the helm.

I must ad­mit, it has taken me some time to get used to it, but I’m will­ing to give young Gumbi more time to grow into this new role. We’d come to ex­pect a cer­tain amount of charisma and charm from Sbu, and it seems un­fair to ex­pect Gumbi to be a car­bon copy of his pre­de­ces­sor.

How­ever, he does have big shoes to fill. Un­for­tu­nately, he seems un­com­fort­able at times and will need more time to find his flow.

If he in­jects his own crazy brand of hu­mour into the gig, he will re­ally add some­thing new to the Friends Like Th­ese for­mula.

Andile is still around – drop­ping funny lines and shoot­ing up ques­tions in cylin­ders upon re­quest – so at least that part of the old show is still in­tact.


The chal­lenges that com­pet­ing groups of friends go through to win that amaz­ing cruise hol­i­day are as en­ter­tain­ing as they have al­ways been.

Keep an open mind when watch­ing the new host and re­mem­ber that Gumbi is a very funny man.

I fore­cast that his tal­ent will pro­pel the show to new heights. – Phum­lani Sithebe Langa

Trevor Gumbi won’t match DJ Sbu’s charisma, but he’s a funny guy

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