Jeff Koinange Quits KTN, Ends JKL
Embattled TV host Jeff Koinange famous for ‘Jeff Koinange Live’ on KTN has ended his show.
This is following widespread criticism from many quarters after he hosted Miguna Miguna and Esther Passaris and failed to take charge, leading to unpleasant exchange of words including a rape joke.
Among those that wrote complain letters to the Media Council of Kenya were the FIDA Kenya, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero – who complained of constant and unfair criticism on the show. Miguna Miguna himself also wrote to the council complaining that he was recorded without his consent.
Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki also came out to condemn the Emmy Award winning journalist. Jeff further got harsh criticism from his colleagues in the media, many admitting that they once looked up to him but not anymore.
The former CNN journalist surprised viewers on Thursday night after hosting popular singers Emmy Kosgei and Sinach.
“About a week ago we had a programme that deteriorated into something ugly where two guests went at each other; really out of control and there are some people out there who probably thought I should have done a better job in controlling the guests and I agree looking back… but in a live television, it’s always difficult,” he said.
“But I agree, I’m man enough to man up to that. and if there is anyone who was aggrieved by that show, anyone who felt it wasn’t upto par, I didn’t do a good job, I apologize so that we can move on. It was regrettable in most parts but again, it was one show out of 300 that we’ve done here at KTN the last three years.”
He then concluded what seemed like a normal apology with the bombshell.
“And having said that, this will be the final Jeff Koinange Live right here on KTN …we’ll take a break, but rest assured JKL will be back on another station in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for that, we’ll keep you posted on social media and on our networks. JKL is not going anywhere, it’s just changing homes.”
Watch the clip.
- Nairobi News