Comedian Chipukeezy has now resigned from Ebru TV in solidarity with Kartelo after the station’s management reportedly asked him to terminate the contract of the fast-rising upcoming comedian.
Taking to Instagram on Monday to announce the news, the NACADA board member said the Ebru TV management was concerned that his show – the Chipukeezy TV Show – was becoming “a bit ghetto because of the many youth (upcoming musicians and comedians)” he was hosting.
“They requested that we try and change the format a little bit. Maybe interview more politicians and a few corporate executives,” he wrote.
“For as much as I respect their request or rather decision, I would like to categorically state that I feel my calling and mission could just be the exact opposite. My passion, desire and vision is to lift the youth of this country.”
Chipukeezy thereby stated that he was not willing to stop supporting Kartelo, hence added that he had also opted to terminate his contract with the station.
“The Chipukeezy show will however continue with Kartelo and many more on a different platform,” he added.
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Hey Guys… A quick one. So I received an email from Ebru TV asking me to terminate my agreement and Collaboration with Kartelo on my show. They say they are a bit concerned that the show has become a bit Ghetto because of the many Youths (Upcoming Musicians and Comedians) on the show. They requested that we try and change the format a little bit. Maybe interview more politicians and afew Corporate Executives. For as much as I respect their request or rather decision, I would like to categorically state that I feel my calling and mission could just be the exact opposite. My Passion, Desire and Vision is to LIFT the Youth of this Country. I feel like God has offered me an opportunity to create a platform for these Young people who are mostly from the slams and majorly disadvantaged. Our politicians are good, they are more than good. Our Executives are actually living their dreams. On the other hand I feel like most talented youths are without hope and opportunity and unless someone holds their hands their Future is mostly uncertain. I am not willing or planning under any circumstances to stop supporting Kartelo and any other young person in this industry and since Ebru seems to have made up their minds on Terminating Kartelo appearance on my show I am sadly left with no option but to terminate my Contract as well. The Chipukeezy show will however continue with Kartelo and many more on a different platform. I want to say a Big thank you to Ebru TV for the far they supported me and an even BIGGER thank you to supporters of Chipukeezy show. GOD BLESS🙏
Kartelo, also taking to the social site, narrated how “my life changed” when he met Chipukeezy who believed in him and gave him the job as his co-host on the show.
He however added that Ebru TV management was not supportive of their collaboration saying – according to them (management) – parents watching the show did not understand his popular sheng language.
He added that the station, at some point, even instructed security guards manning the gate to harass them as well as their audience and guests.
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So, let me give a short story about me and the man on the background, my mentor, brother, best friend and a father figure in the industry… Tulimeet a few months ago na akaniamini, akanipea job pale Chipukeezy show as his co host. He also did everything to just see me succeed… tukakuwa mabro, na maarif watrue. Alinishika mkono kunionesha njia. Made me a part of his brand. Ikakuwa sasa it’s not all about him, ni about chipu na kartelo. Long story short my life changed when I met director 001. @chipukeezy God akuzidishie. Akubariki bro kwa vitu zote umenifanyia. Listening to all my crazy ideas with patience, supporting everything i did, sijui kama naweza pata words enough bro. Anyway after sasa tumeanza Chipukeezy show, I realized we had a common goal.. Empowering youths, so we chose kupatia the voiceless a chance.. We spent most of our nights on the internet na mtaani tukisaka talents that weren’t given a voice. Youths need to be given a chance… vile tu nilipewa all we wanted is to see more and more wakijengeka. But kulikuwa na ngori, our station walianza maneno Mara oooh show imeanza kuwa na ughetto, Mara oooh kartelo ata atolewe hiyo show ati wazazi hawashiki lugha yake. Walianza kunivuruga since day one. Nikaambiwa we shut down all upcomings na gengetone tulete Wasee wako na ‘value’ .. Chipukeezy thanks again ulisimama na Mimi na the rest of the other talented youths na Kimacho Ngumu tukafanya show.. Fristrations zilikuwa mob, ikafika pale adi watchi anaambiwa tukiingia uko tuvurugwe. Every Monday kwa gate akukukosa Vurugu. Our audience were treated badly.. Our guests pia. Nakumbuka mdosi wangu apo alikuwa anachachisha hadi anatoa veins za kichwa 😂😂For the first time ndio Nilianza kunotice btw vijana joh Tuko underated. Si huonekana kama sijui nini. Content tu zetu tunavurugwa ni za uduu. Mdosi wangu apa wamemvuruga sana ju anakuwa involved na mavijana. Juzi tu walituma email. Bila tu reason wakadai kartelo asiwai onekana Chipukeezy show ama karibu na hio station… Chipukeezy after tumechapiana for the last few days, akadaisha tu Show itabidi imengolewa.. Anyway the show will continue on another platform tuzidishe Rieng. Mayutman tutaconquer ✊