Axed Idols judge Gareth Cliff earns a package fee of R356 160 to judge 10 sessions of the popular reality singing contest, court papers revealed on Tuesday.
In papers lodged in the High Court in Johannesburg, and obtained by The Juice, Cliff explains he is “no racist” after losing his position in the upcoming Idols series, for saying in social media that a racist comment by Penny Sparrow was freedom of speech.
“I am not a racist and neither do I in any way support or endorse the racist views of Sparrow and her travelers,” Cliff says.
He explains his thinking behind the statement that caused him to lose his Idols job.
“As a person who has long been committed to non-racialism, nation-building and our constitutional democracy, I found the views expressed by Sparrow to be objectionable, disgusting and idiotic. I was deeply offended thereby.”
“As an ardent believer of free speech, I was however also of the view that Sparrow had a right to express her objectionable views.”
A copy of the court documents indicating payments made during the 2015 season of Idols
He is suing M-Net for R25m, of which R5m is for defamation of character. Another R20m is damages resulting from his contract being ended.
Published via TimesLive