More than just a pretty face, Khanyi Mbau’s reinvented herself and may just be the next queen of talk.
Katch It With Khanyi
Season 3 Mondays e.tv 18:00
Three seasons ago, Katch It With Khanyi (2013- current) was an attempt for controversial Khanyi Mbau to rise above her infamous former lifestyle of gold- digging and dating married men with fast cars. Today, with a viewership of over half a million weekly, the reformed spoilt little rich girl has become a household name – for all the right reasons this time. Sitting down with the likes of first lady Thobela Madiba Zuma and controversial pop stars like Mshoza and Tina Dlangwana, she’s earned her stripes when it comes to getting people to talk. Now it’s our turn…
This is your first crack at talk TV – how’s
the experience been? It’s like therapy. It’s healing to help people offload and it’s helped me be at peace with many things in my life. Anyone who knows me can see a calmness about me now.
What would you say is the secret to being
a successful talkshow host? Bring yourself to the table and forget about everything else that could influence you. Forget about pop culture, your fans and how big you are. Be open to opinions and different perspectives.
Do you believe that you’ve reinvented
yourself? Yes, but it wasn’t intentional. It happened on its own as I grew both in years and experience.
So how do your personal issues affect the
topics that you address? Most of the topics are unfortunate and traumatic, reflecting the issues I’ve been through, so it’s easy to relate. Whether it’s loss, sorrow or discrimination, I’ve been there and done that.
Is there anyone you think could do your
job just as well as you’re doing? Bonnie Mbuli, without a doubt. Out of the three girls on Afternoon Express [weekdays on SABC3 at 16:00 in 3Talk’s former timeslot], she’s the belle of the ball, simply because she has a story behind her name. South Africans love someone with a comeback story. I think that Oscar Pistorius will also be an icon one day when he comes back. With this job, you can’t just represent the light without having been in the darkness.
How are you taking the overwhelming
response to your show? It totally took me by surprise. If you’d told me four years ago that I’d be hosting this show, I’d have laughed so hard. People never thought that I had the sense or depth.
So how has your life changed over the last
five years? I’ve matured and learnt the value of life, time and being sentimental about things I took for granted. We were introduced to you as an actress in 2004 as Doobsie on Muvhango. How are you finding your current acting roles? My old characters were based on the lifestyle that I led at the time and now that I’m a more influential person, it’s reflected in the characters I play. And which character’s been your favourite? Doobsie, from 2004 to 2005. The pressure of filling someone else’s shoes in the role really challenged me [she took over the role from Lindiwe Chibi]. So do you believe that you have the gift of the gab or have you honed your skills? It’s
a calling. I was born to do this. If you weren’t in entertainment, where
would you be? I’d be a psychologist. I’m already an agony aunt in a Sunday newspaper. I always evoke emotion, whether negative or positive.
And would you advise your daughter to join the industry after what you’ve been
through before reaching this point? I’d cry and be very sad, but I’d bargain with her to get a good education first. It would have to be a hobby.