Scandal! actor Hungani Ndlovu, who plays the popular charactor of Romeo, has left the show, e.tv has confirmed. Marketing manager Makatseng Mokomoe has confirmed that Ndlovu has resigned from the soapie, but said there was a possibility that he could come back some day.
“Yes, he has resigned, but he won’t be replaced by anyone,” she said
According to sources close to the production, Ndlovu was unhappy with the way he was treated by the show and he felt that he deserved more. Those close to him said he felt unappreciated despite being a popular actor who also brings in the numbers.
“Of course, one might say he is a diva, but he knows his worth, and he realised that they were not appreciating him for that,” a source said.
Another source said Ndlovu also felt that he was being targeted by some people in the production, and he just wanted to make things easy for them by resigning from the soapie. It is alleged that he had a bust up with colleague Masasa Mbangeni, who has also left the soapie.
However, Ndlovu denied this, saying his departure from the soapie had nothing to do with the alleged incident, but boiled down to personal reasons. Romeo is a fan favourite and many took to social media to express their relief that he was not leaving the show. The initial reporting of his departure drew an angry reaction on social media, prompting e.tv to dismiss the report as fake news.
Ndlovu and Scandal! co-star Stephanie Sandows were married in a private wedding last year but only posted pictures this year.
However, e.tv has rubbished claims that Ndlovu was fired, this after reports went viral stating that the actor was fired due to bad behaviour and an altercation with another cast member. The 26-year old actor was a fan favourite and is missed by audiences, however e.tv issued a statement due to the concern to the circulating misleading information.
The statement read: “e.tv has noted with concern the circulation of misleading media reports about the reasons for Hungani Ndlovu’s temporary exit from popular daily drama ’Scandal!’“.
“The channel, together with Ochre Media, refute the claims made that Hungani was fired from the show for bad behaviour, nor had his character, Romeo been killed off.
“The factual reason for his temporary absence is that the actor requested to go on leave.”
“Scandal!“ producers Sanele Zulu, Grace Mahlaba, and Ilse van Hemert have expressed their appreciation about Hungani’s time on the show, saying: “We, as the producers of ’Scandal!’ have the highest regard for Hungani’s professionalism and humility as an artist.
“He has always behaved with the utmost respect towards his employers and colleagues.
“The character of Romeo is adored by viewers and the “Scandal!“ team alike, and we would love to create stories with him for as long as possible.”
“The talented actor, mentor, and NPO activist has contributed immensely to “’Scandal!’ over the years, and e.tv wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,“ the statement said.