Cape Town – South African radio personality Clarence Ford has reportedly been fired from his job as the host of a renowned Cape Town radio station, Heart FM after citing intimidation by a senior manager.
According to IOL, Ford claimed in an interview with Weekend Argus on Sunday that he was bullied by a senior manager.
“I’ve had some run-ins with management. And there was a particularly bad one in February where I had to draw the line. I cannot be in a space where my values are compromised. The February experience related to an attempt to bully on a public platform. And I was on the receiving end of that attempt. And I don’t take to bullies very kindly,” the report quoted Ford as saying.
He said he learned that he had been fired from the radio station on Monday, 40 minutes before his daily show, Lunch with Clarence Ford.
“I got a phone call to say there is a letter that I must read. And the letter says my services are not required any longer,” he said.
But in contrast to Ford’s assertion that he was dismissed, Heart FM published a statement indicating that he elected to quit the station freely.
“While we would have preferred to retain the services of Clarence Ford in some way or form by retaining his beloved Sunday show, for example, he has elected to make a clean break from Heart FM sadly, which we have had to accept, respect, and support that he makes this decision for his own best interest at heart.”
“Clarence Ford will always remain an integral part of our station, and will always be remembered for his eclectic taste in music. While we are sad to see him leave, we must also thank him for his support and dedication over the many years to help grow this great brand,” read the statement.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo