Sorry guys, it seems like your favourite comedian Trevor Noah will no longer host the much-anticipated MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs).
At the eleventh hour, the stand-up comedy icon and host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” pulled out as host of the sixth edition of the glitzy event due to a severe upper respiratory and ear infection.
The awards ceremony is set to take place in a 2-hour telecast at the Dome in Johannesburg MTV on October 22. Earlier in September, SA-born comedian Trevor Noah was announced as the host of the event. But, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, he has decided to pull out.
Feeling sorry about the inevitable turn out of events, Trevor penned a letter to his fans, expressing his sincerest apology for disappointing them. In addition, he explained with good reasons why we won’t be seeing at the MAMAs.
Comedian Trevor Noah’s statement reads;
To all my fans and everyone who makes what I do possible
I’ve been fighting a severe upper respiratory and ear infection this week and despite tons of medication the infection has gotten the better of me.
Due to the infection and strain on my vocal chords the doctor has ordered me to rest my voice and recover my health. I desperately wish I could dismiss the doctor but the added risk of flying means that decision would be highly irresponsible and may cause further damage.
I love the Mama’s and more importantly I love performing in my country. Myself and MTV Africa have been trying to make the Mamas a reality for a few years and I was so excited because this was finally the year where the pieces fell into place and the date was one I could do.
I push myself as hard as I can all the time because I appreciate every opportunity I am afforded in life. Unfortunately there comes a day like today when it all catches up and my body cannot do what my mind wishes I could.
I’m so sorry if I’ve disappointed you but please know that I love performing more than anything in life and so having to cancel any show, breaks my heart.
Sorry isn’t enough of a word to convey how I feel and again to all my fans I will do my utmost to make it up to you.
Nevertheless, the MTV Africa Music Awards will still be broadcast live on MTV Base and MTV on Saturday 22 October at 21:00 CAT. Partner stations and content platforms will also get to show the event to ensure it goes global.