Dining reservation cancelled

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BY BILLY SUTER

OOPS! Seems SABC3 has been left a little red-faced… after posting calls, both on screen and via media releases, for keen cooks to apply to be contestants on Come Dine With Me South Africa, a franchise it had announced it was taking over from DStv’s BBC Lifestyle, the deal has fallen through.

The fourth season of the show – which, in each episode, sees four strangers cooking and voting for each other for a cash prize – was to have been shown on SABC3 for 13 weeks in July.

The channel, which has already spent a fortnight airing promos calling for contestants, has issued a statement saying the show will now not air on the channel as the producers, Rapid Blue, have withdrawn their offer to produce the series.

An SABC statement reads: “The SABC has been in negotiations with the rights holder, production house Rapid Blue, to showcase Come Dine With Me South Africa. However the corporation was informed by the production company that they have subsequently withdrawn their offer for us to produce the show. “The SABC would like to apologise to all South Africans who adhered to the call to action in anticipation that we would be producing the show. “The SABC strives to have the best local television formats and will continue to pursue bringing you the best of local premium content. Further announcements of the show’s replacement will follow.”

It is understood Rapid Blue, while it has now moved away from SABC3, is continuing to find a way to bring a new series of the show to South Africa.


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