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Comedian Chipukeezy explains why his show stopped airing on KBC

Comedian Vincent Mwasia Mutua, better known as Chipukeezy, has clarified the reasons behind the suspension of his show, “The Chipukeezy Show” on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

In a statement obtained by Nairobi News, Chipukeezy revealed that the state-owned corporation had failed to meet its payment obligations for several months, leading to the suspension of the show.

The statement was signed by Ufalme Entertainment director Michael Muthama,

“Dear valued partners, suppliers, artistes and fans. We hope this message finds you well. We at Ufalme Entertainment wish to address a matter that has been of concern to many of you. It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you of the ongoing delay in payment from our media partner, KBC. Since November, we have experienced significant delays in receiving payments from KBC, despite our best efforts to meet our commitments to all stakeholders involved in the production of The Chipukeezy Show,” the statement read in part.

Chipukeezy explained that the lack of payment has affected the production of the show, resulting in the suspension of the show for several months.

The comedian said he was in talks with the national broadcaster to resolve the issue and hoped the show would make a comeback.

“As a production company committed to maintaining high standards of professionalism and integrity, we understand the impact these delays can have on our valued partners, suppliers and artists,” he added.

“We want to assure you that we are actively working with KBC to resolve this matter quickly and fairly.

We extend our deepest gratitude to our incredible fans for their unwavering support! Your favourite show will resume soon on KBC once we have resolved the outstanding issues, promising more inspiration and empowerment,” the statement added.

The Chipukeezy Show premiered on KBC on September 11, 2023, and aired for a few months before it was suddenly taken off the air without explanation.

The show, which aired every Monday from 8 pm to 9 pm, aimed to promote, nurture and monetise young talent in Kenya, according to the then acting managing director of KBC Samuel Maina.

Chipukeezy launched the show after leaving the Churchill Show and had suspended production for three years before announcing his comeback in August 2023.

Recently, talented artist Kartelo announced his departure from the show.

Taking to social media, Kartelo informed his fans of his decision to leave the show.

“Woza. After 3 remarkable seasons as part of the Chipukeezy show, I am announcing my departure, bringing stories, insights and entertainment to your homes has been an honour beyond words.”

The Kayole-born comedian did not reveal his next move but continued, “As I move on to a new chapter in my life, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the support and loyalty of the fans, supporters and staff.”