Media personality and conversation curator MaBlerh, real name Mthokozisi Cele, will host The Real Housewives of Durban Season 3 reunion, online streaming service Showmax has announced.
The reunion is set to stream in two parts on 3 May 2023 and 10 May 2023 on Showmax. It follows The RHOD Season 3 finale which dropped last week and topped the charts on both Twitter and the popular African streaming service.
During the finale, the ladies drew a line in the sand regarding their friendships. On the one side, Nonku and Jojo have made it clear that they are okay with moving on with their friendship without the other ladies. On the other side, Annie, Slee, Sorisha, Maria and sometimes Sane have formed a friendship that is separate from the two ladies.
Mbali has tried to stay on the fence, avoiding taking a stance on the “team” she’s in. In the final scene of Season 3, apologies were made but the “last supper” confrontation between Nonku and Slee is what sparked the most conversations online.
‘The Real Housewives of Durban’ Season 3 reunion
MaBlerh says as a Durbanite, he jumped at the opportunity to host The Real Housewives of Durban Season 3 reunion. “The reunion of The Real Housewives has never been hosted by someone from Durban before, someone who understands the landscape and social dynamics of us as Durbanites,” he explains.
A big fan of the show, MaBlerh credits himself as one of the first people to publicly ask for a “Housewives” show that focuses on the ladies in Durban. “During the airing of the first season of The Real Housewives of Joburg, I tweeted that we need The Real Housewives of Durban because I knew that the Durban ladies would deliver the goods. My wish came true and I have been glued to the screen since the pilot.”
The talented media personality assured fans that he will not take his new job as host of The RHOD reunion lightly. “It’s been a hard-hitting season, so it would be remiss of me and a disservice to the fans of the show to go in there and not ask hard-hitting questions,” he says.
“Nothing is off limits and everything that was on the show will be put on the table. Viewers should expect a host who will fully represent them. A host who’s a fan of the show. A host who will try his best to get the clarity we all need on everything that has happened during this season.”
Executive producer of Let It Rains Films, Sam Kelly, adds that they chose MaBlerh because he is a big fan of the show. “He understands the world of The Real Housewives, which has become a pop culture phenomenon, and is genuinely interested in it,” he explains.
“We believe that he will bring the strong presence we need to host this reunion with care, tact and maturity, as the conversations will tackle the themes that have come up throughout the season. Our housewives this season are all strong women, and we need someone who will not be afraid to engage and ask the questions that need to be asked.”
MaBlerh is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s the smooth voice behind Kaya 959’s popular show The Weekend Update with MaBlerh. He’s also a TV fave, having been a panellist on Mzansi Magic’s Black Conversations, the co-host of the SABC3 talk show Trending SA, and in the cast of Isibaya as Justice Mnguni. The former publicist and blogger has a Bachelor of Economics from Rhodes University.
The first season of The Real Housewives of Durban set a then-record on Showmax for the most first-day views and went on to be released in 28 territories outside Africa on hayu, not to mention on Peacock and Bravo, the original home of The Real Housewives franchise. Season 2 was one of the 10 most streamed titles on Showmax last year and is currently streaming on hayu.
You can watch the big confrontation in The Real Housewives of Durban Season 3 episode 12 on YouTube here.