Yes, it’s true, Phat Joe is leaving East Coast Radio. The presenter, who spent only one year at the KZN based radio station waves goodbye to the drive show “due to a variety of exciting new commitments outside of KZN.”
In early 2016 reports surfaced that Joe would leave his Metro FM breakfast show to pursue a career at East Coast Radio, taking over the drive time slot. According to a press statement the presenter along with the radio station came to mutual agreement not to renew his contract.
“Phat Joe has contributed substantially to East Coast Radio in his Drive presenter, but his demanding schedule has put undue pressure on him,” it reads.
East Coast Radio programming manager Zane Derbyshire says: “Phat Joe is one of the most respected entertainment personalities in South Africa, and while the relationship has ended sooner than we would have liked, we understand the demanding nature of his new projects. At the same time the Drive show is one of the flagship shows on the station and requires the full-time dedication of its host in Durban. We would like to wish Joe all the success with his new ventures, which he will be launching soon. He remains a friend of East Coast Radio.”
Accroding to the station, a new Drive Time host will be announced soon.