25 April 2024

MaBlerh to host The Real Housewives of Durban reunion for the second year in a row

Showmax has announced that Mablerh will host The Real Housewives of Durban reunion for the second year in a row. 

The Season 4 finale of The Real Housewives of Durban dropped on 24 April 2024. 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. 

Watch the trailer for The Real Housewives of Durban Season finale

The drama is far from over, as Showmax will be airing the reunion in two parts on 15 May and 22 May 2024. 

“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,” says MaBlerh, 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. “There are people who wake up at midnight to watch the show, so I know that I have to 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.” 

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MaBlerh promises 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’s going to be different because it is not the same season, but I’m still going to get to the bottom of things and I’ll hold the ladies accountable for the things they have said and done.” 

MaBlerh says he is there to represent the audience, who have made the show the success it is. “I am there to represent the viewers. I’ve been watching the tweets; I’ve been watching the concerns and comments, and, trust me, all of those things will be addressed. I do not operate in a vacuum. 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.”

“We chose MaBlerh because he’s a big fan of The Real Housewives franchise and has a very deep connection with the Durban franchise,” says Sam Kelly, Let it Rain Films’ executive producer. “He 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.” 

On why people need to watch the reunion, Sam added, “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, not to mention on Peacock and Bravo, the original home of The Real Housewives franchise. Season 2 and 3 were among the 10 most-streamed titles on Showmax in their launch years and are currently streaming on hayu. 

Watch The Real Housewives of Durban S1-4 now on Showmax.

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