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MaBlerh back to host The Real Housewives of Durban reunion

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SHOWMAX, an African streaming service, has announced that MaBlerh will host The Real Housewives of Durban reunion for the second year in a row.

MaBlerh has become the first African to host multiple reunions of The Real Housewives franchise, including The Real Housewives of Gqeberha S1 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S3.

The Season 4 finale of The Real Housewives of Durban dropped on April 24 and to no one’s surprise, it broke the internet and became the number-one trending topic in South Africa.

After an eventful and dramatic season, the ladies had their final dinner on their trip to Namibia, where they confronted each other about things that had been happening in their circle.

The confrontations resulted in the ladies splitting into two core groups. On the one side were Sorisha Naidoo, Slee Ndlovu and newcomers Ameigh Thompson and Angel Ndlela.

On the other side, Jojo Robinson, Maria Valaskatzis, Nonku Williams and newcomer Zama Ngcobo, with the ladies from each camp not seeing eye-to-eye, viewers have a lot of unanswered questions.

The drama is far from over, as Showmax will be airing the reunion in two parts on May 15 and May 22.

“I know how heavily invested the audience is in The Real Housewives of Durban, which is why I can never go in there and be flippant,” MaBlerh said.

“There are people who wake up at midnight to watch the show, so I know that I must take it seriously and deliver on all fronts. I am honoured to be breaking the record for an African host and I’m excited to be back for the second time: it’s going to be a more comfortable experience for the ladies because we now have a rapport.”

MaBlerh has promised viewers that he is not going to leave any stone unturned.

“When I approached the reunion last year, it was different. Things were very heated, and the ladies were barely speaking to one another, so I had to be very sensitive and aware of everything that had happened.

“With Season 4, it is going to be different because it is not the same season, but I am still going to get to the bottom of things, and I will hold the ladies accountable for the things they have said and done.”

MaBlerh said he was there to represent the audience, who have made the show successful.

“I am there to represent the viewers. I have been watching the tweets, I have been watching the concerns and comments and, trust me, all of those things will be addressed. I do not operate in a vacuum,” he said.

“I watch, and after every episode, I am on social media looking at what the sentiment is. If you have tweeted under the hashtag #RHODurban, your concerns will be covered.”

The Let it Rain Films’ executive producer Sam Kelly said they had chosen MaBlerh because he was a big fan of The Real Housewives franchise and had a very deep connection with the Durban franchise.

“MaBlerh is a fantastic host and he did a spectacular job last season; he managed to tackle the themes with the grace and sensitivity they needed,” Kelly said.

“On why people need to watch the reunion, Kelly said: “It has been a crazy season and the reunion will be your chance to understand all sides of the story. You will see things from everyone’s perspective.”

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, Peacock and Bravo, the original home of The Real Housewives franchise.

Seasons 2 and 3 were among the 10 most-streamed titles on Showmax in their launch years and are currently streaming on Hayu.

Meanwhile, the second season of The Real Housewives of Nairobi is set to premiere on Showmax on May 10 with new episodes every Friday.

The Real Housewives of Nairobi follows the lives of the most stylish, opulent and hardworking women in Kenya as they navigate their relationships and careers.

The season 2 features returning cast members Dr Catherine Masitsa, Minne Kariuki and Vera Sidika, who will be joined by newcomers Farah Esmail, Reja Keji Ladu and Zena Nyambu.

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