South African comedian Trevor Noah has announced his inability to host the 2016 MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA).
The Comedy Central host made the announcement earlier on Friday, explaining he has been suffering from a severe respiratory and ear infection.
“Due to the infection and strain on my vocal chords the doctor has ordered me to rest. I desperately wish I could dismiss the doctor but the added risk of flying means the decision would be highly irresponsible and may cause further damage,” he said.
MTV, organisers of the show has announced television and radio personality Bonang Matheba as his replacement.
Bonang who has less than 24 hours to prepare, said, “….. Feels a bit UNREAL!! Thank you @MTVBaseAfrica for trusting ME!! Here we go…. 24 hours to prep!!”
The 2016 MAMA will hold on Saturday October 22nd in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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