ECR’s Phat Joe leav­ing for va­ri­ety of new ven­tures

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ECR drive time DJ Phat Joe, pic­tured, will be mov­ing on from the sta­tion, East Coast an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The ra­dio sta­tion and Phat Joe had mu­tu­ally agreed not to re­new his con­tract.

“Phat Joe, who has been with ECR for a year, is leav­ing the sta­tion due to a va­ri­ety of ex­cit­ing new com­mit­ments out­side KZN,” said East Coast in a state­ment.

“Phat Joe has con­trib­uted sub­stan­tially to East Coast Ra­dio in his time as drive presenter, but his de­mand­ing sched­ule has put un­due pres­sure on him.”

Phat Joe has been no stranger to con­tro­versy dur­ing his stay in Dur­ban and had an­gered strik­ing stu­dents last year when he said those who burnt down build­ings were “the worst peo­ple in the world”.

The DJ said he was a vic­tim of an an­tiPhat Joe cam­paign and went to the UKZN to clear the air and clar­ify his state­ments with stu­dents.

“I am more of a co­me­dian, I’m not a jour­nal­ist. So what I do is I use a lot of irony and com­edy to deal with dif­fi­cult is­sues. There is no doubt that there was a dif­fi­cult is­sue that day” he had said.

He also sur­vived com­plaints, in­clud­ing from an an­gry par­ent over com­ments he made about “tat­too­ing a baby”.

A new host for the show will be an­nounced shortly. – Staff Re­porter

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