Gareth Cliff’s resignation as Idols SA judge has paved way for fans to express their feelings about his time on the show and his decision to leave.
A Shocking announcement on Facebook on Monday, revealed that Idols Judge Gareth Cliff has bid final goodbyes to Idols SA after 11 seasons as a judge on the show.
Media personality Gareth Cliff decided that it was time to leave the show. Thus, he made the announcement via a statement posted to his Facebook page.
“It’s time! After eleven seasons of Idols, it’s time for me to say goodbye. What better way to bring this chapter to a close than a trip to New York and meeting American Idols judge Harry Connick Jr and being on his post-Idols show – ‘Harry,'” Gareth wrote.
Following the announcement, Twitter was abuzz with comments on his resignation.
Generally, a lot of fans were saddened by the news of Gareth Cliff’s resignation as Idols SA judge. Thus, they inundated the site with posts expressing their regrets and how much they will miss him.
@GarethCliff Thank You Gareth Cliff for the goodtimes,we enjoyed your company on Idols,you kept us entertained We will miss your presence!
— Sihle-The-General (@SihleGeneral180) November 14, 2016
Am so sad 2 hear that Gareth Cliff has resigned from #IdolsSA! He was so entertaining and had a sense of humour too
— Muhammad Surte Banda (@Liltauba) November 14, 2016
What? @GarethCliff you're leaving IdolsSA? I'm so sad. ???? ???? but I liked Gareth Cliff on IdolsSA.
— IG: NokuzolaNdwandwe (@ZolaNdwandwe) November 14, 2016
On the other hand, other fans of the show expressed joy that he has left. Some even suggested who should replace him.
Penny Penny should replace "Gareth Cliff"
— GOODKID (@iam_ntethelelo) November 14, 2016
"Gareth Cliff" I wouldn't be surprised if Bonang replaced Gareth Cliff. She takes all the jobs.
— Xollarnie (@XolaniMasilela) November 14, 2016
"Gareth Cliff" can be replaced by that youngster who sings "Ska bhora Moreki"
— New Brian (@NewBrianTC) November 14, 2016
— NdiKundi (@NdivhuIsMyName) November 14, 2016
Earlier this year, Cliff was caught up in a web of controversies following a statement he made on Twitter. Cliff found himself in the middle of a heated debate concerning estate agent Penny Sparrow’s racists rant. He had commented on her rant saying; “People really don’t understand free speech at all.” This affected his relationship with the organisers of Idols.
Subsequently, M-Net announced in January that he had been fired from the show. The case ended up in court and Gareth won. Eventually, he was reinstated‚ with M-Net ordered to pay costs.