In some pretty gutting news, it looks like Mpumi Mophatlane, known in the streets as ‘Mrs. Mops’, might not be part of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg season 3 cast.
The fan favourite, who thrilled the show’s audiences with her snobby and sassy attitude, an enviable wardrobe, a lavish lifestyle and an effortless ability to read her cast members for filth, apparently won’t be in the new season.
While these rumours are yet to be confirmed by neither Mpumi nor M-Net, word is the popular reality show star has decided to exclude herself from damning narratives that might have put her husband’s reputation on the line.
During the season 2 reunion special, Brinnette made claims that Mpumi had cheated on her husband, I.T mogul Lenamile Isaac Mophatlane.
Brinnette went as far as to name the person with who she alleged Mpumi to have cheated with at the 2018 Durban July, but the reality television’s producers were smart enough to mute that part. The shocking moment sent the social media streets into a blaze – studying Bree’s lips to piece some ‘evidence together’.
The allegations were pretty serious, given Lenamile’s prominence in business circles. And already then, viewers began wondering if she’d be returning to the show despite the potential strain it could place on her marriage. Phat Joe, who hosted the reunion, asked the ladies at the end of the eventful night, which of them would be returning to the show. “I will have to think about it”, Mpumi, discernibly unnerved, answered.
Well, the Real Housewives of Johannesburg is currently filming, and word is she is not on the cards for the looming season. Instead, the popular 1Magic reality television series is preparing the announcement of several new cast members.
This won’t be the first time a main cast members exited the show. After one season, Evodia Mogase and her daughter Mercy decided not to return. It was reported that Evodia, aka ‘Madame’, left because the producers wouldn’t meet some of her demands. Having been the breakout cast member from the show, she’d wanted some things done differently.
Apparently, producers weren’t keen on the idea of Mercy being a main cast members. Her vegan storylines weren’t cutting it. For anyone. Word on the street also had it that Evodia wasn’t happy with how she was being portrayed.
However, the duo’s popularity went on to score them a spin-off series. ‘Madam & Mercy’ premiered on Mzansi Magic in April 2020, giving viewers 12 episodes showcasing their lives.