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e.tv’s long-running soap opera, Scandal!, has shared the reasons behind the departure of fan-favorite actor Melusi Mbele.

Exploring New Opportunities

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), the show revealed that Melusi Mbele, who portrayed the beloved character Jojo Kubeka, is taking a break to pursue other ventures. The official post read: “uJojo aka @melusimbele will be taking a break from #etvScandal to explore other opportunities. We at #etvScandal thank him for his contribution to the show. Here are some of our favorite Jojo Kubeka moments. What have been your favorite memories from him?”

Mbele’s final appearance as Jojo Kubeka aired on Monday, June 17, 2024. His performance was celebrated widely, earning him a Safta (South African Film and Television Award) for Best Actor in a TV Soap in 2023.

A Season of Change

Melusi Mbele’s departure marks the third significant exit from Scandal! this season, following the departures of Mathews Rantsoma and Lerato Nxumalo. Nxumalo, who played Phakamile, and Rantsoma, who portrayed Nhlamulo Maseko, both left behind impactful legacies on the show. Rantsoma’s departure is slated for July.

Shifting Viewership

The departure of these key actors comes amidst shifting viewership dynamics for Scandal!. According to the Broadcasting Research Council of South Africa’s (BRCSA) May figures, Scandal! now ranks fourth among e.tv’s most-watched shows, drawing 3.5 million viewers.

The soap opera was overtaken by Smoke and Mirrors, which holds the third spot with 3.6 million viewers. This decline is notable compared to April’s figures, where Scandal! attracted 3.8 million viewers.

The show’s decline in viewership began in March when Skeem Saam debuted in the 19:30 timeslot on SABC1, claiming the top spot.

Reflecting on Jojo Kubeka’s Legacy

Mbele’s portrayal of Jojo Kubeka resonated deeply with audiences, delivering memorable and award-winning performances. His character’s journey was filled with dramatic twists and emotional depth, making Jojo a central figure in the series. Fans have taken to social media to reminisce about their favorite moments and express their gratitude for Mbele’s work.

“Thank you for bringing Jojo to life. You will be missed!” tweeted one fan.

“Melusi Mbele’s portrayal of Jojo was phenomenal. Wishing him all the best in his new ventures,” commented another.

Looking Ahead

While Scandal! faces a period of transition, the show’s ability to captivate and engage its audience remains strong. The departure of beloved characters presents an opportunity for new storylines and fresh faces to emerge, continuing the soap opera’s legacy of compelling drama.

Melusi Mbele’s decision to explore new opportunities highlights the dynamic nature of the entertainment industry, where actors continually evolve and pursue diverse creative paths. Fans eagerly await to see what exciting projects Mbele will embark on next, confident that his talent and charisma will shine in any role he takes on.

As Scandal! bids farewell to one of its stars, the show’s dedicated fan base looks forward to the next chapter, filled with anticipation for the new stories and characters that will shape its future.

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