Gareth Cliff to make official return to Idols this week

The radio personality & M-Net appear to have made up as they kick off the 12th season of Idols.

Media personality Gareth Cliff laughs during a press conference in Johannesburg on 30 January 2016 after the courts ruled that he be reinstated as a judge on tv show 'Idols'. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Idols judge Gareth Cliff will make his official return to the show this week after winning a high court application for his reinstatement.

Cliff was sacked by broadcaster M-Net for tweeting that people don't understand free speech in response to Penny Sparrow's racist Facebook post, a move that caused public outrage.

Now, he and the broadcaster appear to have made up as they kick off for the 12th season of the talent search show.

Cliff says he's excited to return to Idols and meet this season's contestants.

"I am pretty much convinced that this could only make the show that much more interesting."

M-Net also says it welcomes the controversial radio personality back, despite its belief that it did nothing wrong in firing him.

"We can't wait to see the talent and are really looking forward."

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Cliff's lawyer Eric Mabuza says M-Net won't be sued for defamation.

"In the hand of friendship we're extending to M-Net, if they return that favour to us we will reconsider court action."

All three parties agree that past grievances must be put aside to allow the show to go on.