One of this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards biggest selling points is the fact that the show was to be steered by South African comedian-Trevor Noah who has had a highly successful year on Comedy Central.
But less than 24 hours to the award show, the Daily Show host has said he cannot host the MTV Africa MAMA Award–because of some infections he is fighting.
He wrote: “I’ve been fighting a severe upper respiratory and ear infection this week and despite tons of medication the infection has gotten the better of me. Due to the infection and strain on my vocal chords the doctor has ordered me to rest my voice and recover my health. I desperately wish I could dismiss the doctor but the added risk of flying means that decision would be highly irresponsible and may cause further damage.”
Noah added: “I’m so sorry if I’ve disappointed you but please know that I love performing more than anything in life and so having to cancel any show, breaks my heart.”
MTV has announced that Bonang Matheba will replace Noah as host of the MAMAs which will take place on Saturday, 22th October, at the Dome in Johannesburg.
Read Trevor Noah’s full statement below.