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Trevor Noah backs out as host of MAMA awards

The South African comedian says he is battling a severe ear infection.

Trevor Noah. Picture: Byron L Keulemans/GQ South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will no longer be hosting the MTV Africa MAMA Awards scheduled for tomorrow evening.

The comic has released a statement on Twitter saying he is unable to travel because of a severe ear infection that has affected his vocal chords.

He has been ordered to rest and has apologised to fans.

So sorry everyone...Please read below, far too much to tweet. #MTVMAMA2016 @MTVBaseAfrica @MTVBaseSouth pic.twitter.com/hPzpbvqWbC

Organisers have confirmed that media personality Bonang Matheba will be replacing him.

Meanwhile, people have reacted with disappointment to the news while others have wished the comedian a speedy recovery: