Is behind-the-scenes drama to blame for Rami Chuene’s exit from The Queen?

That’s what viewers are asking themselves after news broke that Rami’s character, T Gom, will be killed off. 

According to the Sunday World, Rami’s relationship with Connie and Shona Ferguson – who produce the show – has taken a turn for the worse.

Rami days reportedly became numbered the day she added she shared her views on the Ferguson’s fallout with Vathiswa Ndara.

Vathiswa made headlines in October last year when she shared an open letter on social media about the way that the Fergusons allegedly treat their actors. 

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The letter was addressed to South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

Vathiswa accused the Fergusons’ production company of exploiting actors. Some of her complaints included unfair labour practices and low pay. 

 

Rami was one of several celebrities who weighed-in on Vathiswa’s letter

While the actress did not mention the Fergusons in her posts, she showed her support for Vathiswa by listing her own bad experiences in the industry over the years. 

Rami revealed that actors could not call in sick, attend funerals or ask for leave without potentially putting their career at risk. 

“You can’t just ask for a day off. Do you know how much money you actually cost production when you’re fatigued and can’t shoot? How dare you!… Funerals? The only funeral you’re allowed or guaranteed to miss work for, is your own. 

“… you asked three months in advance but the storyline is yours. If you insist, we’ll have to cut your salary and write you out for three months. Your choice,” she wrote in three separate tweets. 

A source told the Sunday World that the Fergusons “never forgave her” and no-one was surprised when new scripts for the show revealed T Gom’s end

“Viewers are in for a shocker. Truth is, if you speak up in this industry, even indirectly, you’re gone,” the source said. 

Rami confirmed on Twitter that her character will be no more.    

“Yes, TGOM’s stint on #TheQueenMzansi has come to an end. Unfortunately, I won’t be getting into details as advised by my legal team. I still have to finish shooting and I’m hoping to execute as excellently, exceptionally and professionally as I always have. #TGOMNATION forever,” she wrote. 

Viewers are less than impressed.

“The ill treatment by production companies it’s appalling an I know a lot of people will be calling you sorts of name the same way they did Vatiswa, a grievance doesn’t mean your jealous of your boss it means your unpleased with something and you should be listened too,” one Twitter user wrote.

One fan called for the show to come to an end.

“Let the entire show shut down… this is madness yeeeeer. Wish you could drop your last date on screen so we don’t bother some of us paying idish cos we pay for the queen nje, abayeke maan we know why they killed your role actually it took longer than I thought F.them.”

Another fan added: “When people think it’s okay to kill their best characters, shame. @ramichuene you are the best version of you darli. When there is discomfort about salaries bosses think that they can just cann characters because it’s their production. The ratings will definitely go down.”

The Sunday World also revealed that Setumo Motsoaledi has resigned from the show and viewers will soon be saying goodbye to her character, Mmabatho), as well.

It is still unclear why she resigned.