Khanyi quits 'Drama Queen'
HE WOULD have hoped for a smooth final week of his Drama Queen: The Lebo Mathosa Show after weeks of putting out fires, but Sello Maake Ka Ncube is faced with another conundrum - Khanyi Mbau.
In a bizarre twist, the veteran actor said yesterday he had decided to let Mbau go after she allegedly sent him an SMS saying she had decided to pull out of the show to concentrate on promoting her book, Bitch, please ... I'm Khanyi Mbau .
But Mbau denies she's no longer part of the production, currently being staged at the State Theatre until Sunday.
"I'm not leaving anything. It's probably a prank because everything is fine on my side," Mbau said yesterday.
"The book is doing well, the show is doing well. I'm in rehearsals as we speak."
But a press release dated September 1 quoted Mbau as saying: "I enjoyed every minute of it but unfortunately when the play came along the book deal had already been decided on, but we managed in the beginning until now. The show goes on though, and people must go see it".
Yesterday Ka Ncube said he would "lick my wounds" and continue with the show, but bemoaned Mbau's management for the handling of the situation.
He even suggested there could still be a resolution which could see the former Muvhango actress rejoining Rami Chuene, Sindi Nene, Lucia Gumede, Ayanda Nhlangothi and Siziwe Ngema on stage.
"Khanyi can say she hasn't quit, but I got an SMS from her saying she wanted to promote the book. But I'm not mad at her. She rocks. I'm going to miss her terribly."
He added that he told Mbau in subsequent conversations that it would be creating a "bad precedent" if he allowed her to "come and go" to promote the book.
Whether or not Mbau returned was inconsequential, according to the director, as the five other ladies would have no problem carrying the show.
KaNcube again blasted critics of the show, including Mathosa's former Boom Shaka band members Thembi Seete, Junior Sokhela and Theo Nhlengethwa, saying they "can write their own stories".
The band mates told Sowetan earlier they rued the fact their input was not sought.
But KaNcube said yesterday that a meeting had been scheduled with the remaining members of Boom Shaka, but that they had cancelled.
Some reviewers have called the show "shallow", "unfair", "appalling" and "disrespectful".