Idols SA to decide on Gareth Cliff's contract

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eNCA visits Cliff Central to find out how it is doing and its founder Gareth Cliff opens up about his personal life.

JOHANNESBURG - Gareth Cliff’s Idols SA job hangs in the balance as M-Net reviews his future.

M-Net Head of Publicity and Special Projects Lani Lombard said M-Net currently doesn’t have a contract with Cliff and it’s reviewing his future employment.

"Gareth’s participation in the program is being reviewed. M-Net will be filming the new Idols season on 30 January and the company has not confirmed the judges’ line-up. We will make an announcement very soon," said Lombard.

Cliff came under fire after weighing in on Penny Sparrow’s Facebook comment. In the post, Sparrow referred to black people as "monkeys".

The remarks attracted mixed reactions from a number of people on social media. Many criticized Sparrow saying she is racist and PennySparrowMustFall was trending nationally.

Like many celebrities, Cliff shared his view on the matter. “People don’t understand free speech at all,” posted Cliff on Twitter.

Twitter took offense to Cliff’s post and labeled him a racist. People on social media also called on Idols SA to remove him as judge.    

Cliff has apologised for his comments.

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