Cape Town – Thando Thabethe has quit her TV soap role in the public broadcaster's weekday soap Generations after almost three years for the chance to do her own talk show that will be starting soon.
After revealing two and a half weeks ago that that she has a new talk show on the way, Thando Thabethe – who also added a weekday co-presenting DJ job since May in the afternoon drive slot with Msizi James on 5FM – felt that she could no longer fit in the time required to be on the Generations set as well and resigned.
Thabethe also confirmed her talk show deal in a tweet last month:
...have an incredible premium vodka endorsement...a talk show on the way and and and...don't need the noise...just the work ??— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) July 27, 2017
Thando Thabethe joined the rebooted Generations - The Legacy two and a half years ago in January 2015 after executive producer Mfundi Vundla and the SABC fired the striking principal cast and repopulated the soap with new faces.
Although Thando is existing the Morula Pictures produced soap, Generations - The Legacy films episodes some months in advance and the actress last scenes in the role of Nolwazi Buzo will only be broadcast on SABC1 in early January 2018.
"It is with great sadness we announce the resignation of talented actress Thando Thabethe from Generations - The Legacy," says the SABC soap in a statement.
"The cast and crew of Generations - The Legacy wish Thando well and will miss her great work ethic and her abundant talent," says Mfundi Vundla, Generations executive producer in the statement.
"Thando Thabethe is one of South Africa’s most talented TV actors. She has a great future to look forward to."
In the statement Thando Thabethe says her years at "Generations - The Legacy have been nothing but amazing", calling the role of Nolwazi "life-altering".
"I have learnt so much about myself and the incredible art of acting and I'm forever indebted to the producers, directors, writers, cast and crew and most especially the viewers."
"This was not an easy decision to make but I take forward with me great relationships, a better understanding and appreciation of my craft, and the confidence that it will take me to greater heights."