Isidingo's Don Mlangeni not fired, says Endemol

Isidingo star Don Mlangeni. (Gallo)

Isidingo star Don Mlangeni. (Gallo)

Endemol has dismissed reports that Isidingo actor Don Mlangeni, who stars in the soapie as Zeb Matabane was fired.

Earlier on Tuesday, the production company's spokesperson Ashok Naidoo told the M&G that Mlangeni was never fired and reports thereof were untrue.

Mlangeni confirmed to the Mail & Guardian on Tuesday that, contractually, he could not speak to the media, but he was at work.

The Daily Sun reported on Monday that the actor, who has been with the soapie for 15 years, allegedly refused to endorse a big bank whose name was included in his lines and was subsequently fired. 

"It was part of the script and when he was supposed to mention the name, he skipped it. The bosses were unhappy with him," someone close to the show, who chose to remain anonymous, reportedly told the paper.

Sources said Mlangeni felt he was being used and was not benefiting from endorsing the bank, whose name has not been revealed.

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And don't you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: Read more from Rhodé Marshall

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