Pearl Thusi joins Phat Joe on 'Real Goboza'

28 February 2012 - 19:29 By Andile Ndlovu

Sexy model and actress Pearl Thusi will make her 'Real Goboza' debut alongside Phat Joe on SABC 1 tonight.

Pearl Thusi is popular entertainment show Real Goboza's new co-host, replacing Brenda Ngxoli.
Pearl Thusi is popular entertainment show Real Goboza's new co-host, replacing Brenda Ngxoli.
Image: Jackie Clausen

The news may come as a surprise to many - such is the low-key manner in which the channel went about finding a replacement for the ousted Brenda Ngxoli.

The Zone 14 actress (she plays Samkelisiwe Nkambule) said yesterday about being on the celebrity gossip and entertainment magazine show: "The producers (Urban Brew Studios) had call auditions and I was asked to audition.

 "I think if it was a public nationwide call for auditions I wouldn't have tried out- that's really awkward if you're already in the public eye because it's almost like you're begging and you're out of a job."

Ngxoli was released from the job last year and Phat Joe, real name Majota Kambule, has been conducting in-studio interviews and presenting solo -- with the help of inserts from events.

Thusi, who is still on Zone 14 despite completing shooting with the show a while ago, also co-owns Ayana Africa model Management, and has presented SABC 3’s kids' show iCrew.

SABC 1 spokesman Vukile Madlala said Thusi's addition to the show was "a welcome development as Phat Joe had to drive the show on his own" following Ngxoli’s departure.

Asked if she would be shedding her sweet persona for the new - and far bitchier - role, Thusi said she didn't take up the job to be "mean".

She added: "Nothing has and will change about me, which I hope people will appreciate, because I don't think anybody goes on TV to out people but because they love the job and TV.

"But this is a job, and I'm very excited to learn from someone as experienced as 'Joe'."

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