Them­bisa tells of OPW exit

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THEM­BISA Mdoda may have been the long­est run­ning pre­sen­ter of Our Per­fect Wed­ding‚ but she knew it was time to move on when she started feel­ing un­ap­pre­ci­ated.

Speak­ing to Gareth Cliff on Clif­fCen­tral‚ she opened up about her de­par­ture from the show‚ say­ing it was time for some­one else to have the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I loved that show so much. It did so much for me as a woman‚ as an artist‚ as a per­son‚ as a mom. I hon­estly felt that it needed to do that for some­one else.

“I’d been there for two years‚ the long­est-run­ning pre­sen­ter. I had won three awards and I felt that some­one else needed to feel what I felt go­ing through on the show‚” she said.

Them­bisa an­nounced her de­par­ture from the pro­duc­tion in Au­gust‚ with sources say­ing she felt it was time to move on.

She told Gareth that her de­ci­sion was made when she was ne­go­ti­at­ing with pro­duc­ers and got the feel­ing she wasn’t be­ing val­ued.

“If I feel that I am not seen and I feel that they no longer care‚ then I am go­ing to go. Lit­er­ally‚ when we had ne­go­ti­a­tions I felt I needed to go. As some­one who stud­ied drama and who ap­pre­ci­ated the work I do‚ I am not go­ing to lie‚ I didn’t feel ap­pre­ci­ated‚” she added.

De­spite this‚ her split from the show didn’t come with any drama and she served as a men­tor to help pro­duc­ers iden­tify and choose her re­place­ment.

She said that it was im­por­tant for the new host to love the pro­duc­tion enough to deal with the de­mands and emo­tions that came with be­ing part of it.

“I would love the per­son [who gets the job] to ac­tu­ally love the show. I was look­ing for a host more than I was [look­ing] for a pre­sen­ter –a peo­ple’s per­son and some­one who can deal with emo­tions and un­ex­pected things. Be­cause pre­sent­ing OPW is not just a job. You be­come a big part of some­one’s big day‚” she ex­plained. — DDC

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