Gareth Cliff says he’s excited to return to Idols SA and is ready to let bygones be bygones.
* Gareth Cliff thanked his team at CliffCentral and his legal team as well as people on social media for their support over the last few weeks.
* He said it’s been a difficult month since Penny Sparrow first posted her horrible, disgusting racist posts.
* He is excited to return to Idols SA as a judge and really loves the show. He is waiting for Idols SA producers to contact him with flight details, etc.
* He is excited to see his fellow judges, who are like family to him. He knows there won’t be any awkwardness.
* He says that if the ANCYL protest at Idols SA auditions they stand in the way of young South Africans achieving their dreams.
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That's a wrap from the Gareth Cliff conference.
If Gareth had R25m in his bank (which he doesn’t have) he would make a confirmation to causes in this country.
Loyiso Bala is here. Loyiso asking a question. Where do you feel you were right and where did you feel wrong with your tweet?Gareth answers: We never have the right to cause people pain. We don’t understand freedom of expression. Including me.
Gareth Cliff says we are all responsible for change.
Gareth Cliff says he doesn't hold a grudge against M-Net or parent companies.
Gareth Cliff answering questions from his own team.
Q: Has this whole event made you realise you have some racial prejudice?
All have to confront things about us which makes us a little uncomfortable. I think we all have to evaluate and we all have to sit down and decide what our own constitution is.Have to figure out what you really care about and what is really important.
Whether black or white we need to abandon some of these negatives. We should be able to sit in front of mirror and realise things we say to ourselves or other people to need improve. Don't be afraid to say things but consider the person you saying it to.
The rest of the court case: All depends on the hand of friendship extended to M-Net. If they do the same we’ll reconsider the case.
The controversy has seen more people tuning into CliffCentral. Gareth thinks the same would happen for this season of Idols.
The past few weeks have been difficult and unpleasant. It's not about getting back on TV or the R25m. It's about the country and standing up and defending what's right.
There's no hidden part of my personality. I'm on air every day. You know who I am. I'm proud of CliffCentral.com and the team here.
Here in SA we have reached a record number of seasons of Idols. It's also been a very controversial show. Every time someone voted out its controversial. It gets very heated.
I enjoy being an Idols judge for the same reason you enjoy watching it. It's a microscope on the hidden talents of SA.
We’ll move ahead with positivity.
Gareth doing a Q&A with the media.
Extending a hand of friendship to M-Net.
For now there will be no further legal steps.
Don't see M-Net giving Gareth a week notice. M-Net has accepted the court's ruling. If they do decide to give Cliff a week's notice he'll take the matter to court again.
On ANCYL protesting Idols auditions: Not getting political. It would be wrong of them to stand in the way of young people with talent who want to be on the show. That would be destructive.
Garteh says the Idols judges are like family. They've worked closely over the last few years. They are all very close and are friends. There won't be any awkwardness at all.
Gareth is waiting for his plane ticket. The producers will contact him soon.
That's the end of Gareth's statement. He's now taking questions.
Where to next? Regards to Idols. The show must go on.
Gareth Cliff speaking to the media.
Gareth wants to clear up: I did not drag Unathi and Somizi into this. It was M-Net, in a statement to the media, that dragged them into this.
The debate on racism must continue.
"The show must go on. Hope we learned something from this. It has been a difficult month for us since that horrible, stupid statement that Penny Sparrow made."
"I hope M-Net will one day admit their mistakes like I have mine."
Gareth is worried that M-Net still insists that they did nothing wrong.
Thanking the people that stood up for him the last few days.
Gareth thanks his team at CliffCentral and his legal team. He is also thanking people on social media who have supported him the last few days.
The press conference is about to start.
Gareth Cliff walking around, laughing, talking to journalists. His parents are also here to support him.
Gareth Cliff spotted at the entrance. All smiles.
There's Krispy Kreme for the media. :)
The scene is set for the Gareth Cliff press conference.
The conference is set to start at 12:00.
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