Tumi took over as host of the show from Phumeza Mdabe at the beginning of the year, after the latter announced that she wouldn’t return as host for season four because it was taking too much of her family time

She said the long hours placed a strain on both her marriage and social life.

Announcing the airing of her final episode, as season five of the show ended on Sunday night, Tumi wrote on social media: “Catch me as I bow out of OPW tonight. What a ride! Thank you @Mzansimagic @OPWMzansi and welcome @ayampama who is taking over the reigns (sic). DSTV 161. 7pm. #OPW #goodbye”

Later she added: “Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend. I won’t pretend I won’t miss #OPW! Hauweng!!!!”

When quizzed about why she is leaving the show so soon, the comedian wrote on Twitter: “Eh, the contract ended”

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And when asked about her plans for the future, she made no secret of the fact that she’s keen to refocus her attention on comedy, her true passion, adding that she has a one-woman show lined up for December

“Back to doing what I do best sir, stand up comedy *happy dance*. And some other crazy ish (sic),” Tumi tweeted.

Tumi’s successor, Aya Mpama, is a singer-songwriter, actress and TV presenter best known as one of the top six finalists on Idols SA in 2005.

She has also presented the music chat show Soul Sunday and has guest-starred on the e.tv telenovela Ashes to Ashes.

Author: Team Talk