Gareth Cliff removed from SA Idols judging panel

M-Net made the announcement last night in a statement, where it thanked the radio DJ for his role.

Outgoing 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Gareth Cliff will not be part of the judging panel for South African Idols season 12, which is due to commence with countrywide auditions at the end of this month.

M-Net made the announcement late last night in a statement, where it thanked the radio DJ for the critical role he has played in seeking out and developing new talent over the years and for contributing to the success of the show to date.

Cliff came under fire earlier this week, when he weighed in on the Penny Sparrow saga after the former estate agent called black beachgoers at Durban's beaches, monkeys.

In a tweet - Cliff wrote that "people don't understand free speech at all".

He's received criticism for the comment, with many labeling him a racist. He later apologized, saying he in no way condones racism and has a lot to learn.

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