Liezel van der Westhuizen leaves Expresso

2012-11-09 09:48
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Expresso morning show presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen is off the show.

Expresso said "numerous changes" are coming for the SABC3 show which just turned two and is produced from its glass penthouse on top of a high rise in Sea Point, Cape Town.

While Katlego Maboe, Ewan Strydom, Leigh-Ann Williams and Graeme Richards remain as Expresso presenters for now, Liezel van der Westhuizen will be watching Expresso from home.

The bubbly blonde will no longer feature on the show regularly, although Tswelopele Productions says she might still appear on an ad hoc basis in the future.

The TV industry's been abuzz since September when rumours first started circulating that discussions are under way to axe some of the Expresso presenters.

Expresso will soon add Johannesburg-based presenters to help with more Johannesburg coverage for the show which has been a brilliant showcase for Cape Town the past two years, but has also seen the menagerie of presenters travel countrywide to cover stories.

'I'm sad to not be live on the show'

"I'm sad to not be live on the show each morning and seeing my Expresso family daily, it's been an amazing journey and I've grown in many aspects, not only as a presenter but as a person as well.

"It's wonderful to be part of such a successful breakfast show. I look forward to waking up and watching the show from home," said Van der Westhuizen, who will be focusing on her studies.

Expresso said the Tswelope Production wishes Van der Westhuizen and Johnson "best of luck in their future endeavours".

Kia Johnson, who went from being a permanent face on Expresso to working on a freelance basis, is now presenting traffic reports in Afrikaans on the new rival morning breakfast show Dagbreek which started on kykNET (DStv channel 144) this month.


  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-09 09:52

    Taking up pro cycling?

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-11-09 12:33


  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-09 10:08

    She's such a cutie.

  • leon.j.steyn - 2012-11-09 10:26

    Same reason she only lasted one season one Idols perhaps? She makes a cool celeb but I never like her style of presenting ... it just lacked a bit of spark ...

  • spook.twentyone - 2012-11-09 11:19

    Yeaaahh!!! Now we just need Azz-Well Williams to go. Azz-well is the most used word on the show. Katlego is fun to watch though.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-11-09 11:20

    Never been a fan of her's. She seems like a nice person but she's not the best of presenters.

  • erich.oosthuizen.3 - 2012-11-09 12:33

    n regte windgat, dink die son skyn uit haar gat

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-09 12:54

    Jelly much people....

  • eloise.botha - 2012-11-09 12:54

    bly net weg van idols of enige ander program. Moes stop om idols te kyk so irriterend is sy, het nie eers gepoog om na expresso te kyk nie

  • rose.mcmillan - 2012-11-09 13:31

    Next one to go should be Katlego, he is a total pain in the butt, should slow down when he speaks, he trips over his own words

  • neil.kroese - 2012-11-09 13:36

    Expresso is such a load of rubbish anyway..Nothing more than sponsored infomercials presented by a bunch of idiots with fake prozac smiles...

  • petrus.strauss.1 - 2012-11-09 13:54

    Sorry to see you go Liezel and sorry to see people bad mouthing you. Dont take note of them, great things await you.

  • jakkals616 - 2012-11-10 08:38

    dalk moet ek gaan audition vir haar rol. hahahahha

  • karlryan.furlong - 2012-11-22 12:39

    Wow, the amount of unprovoked hatred in the world is hard to stomach. What happened to the simple act of wishing someone well when they leave something for something new? I work in the TV industry and have met many divas. But meeting Liezel, I found her to be humble, kind and classy in a manner few of the people are posting these ignorant comments.

  • kim.decsi - 2013-01-22 09:22

    Why so nasty people? I have met Liezel a little while ago and she came across as kind, gentle and genuine, why can we not just wish her well, I cannot believe people can be so malicious. But then it takes a whole beehive to recognise a queen! Good Luck Liesel may your journey ahead contain only good things.

  • jenny.m.waters - 2013-02-07 23:07

    Ag nee sies julle klomp "anti-social tv kykers".... daar's mos ander programme wat julle can watch in die oggend! Give a little credit here ek sê...can you do better?

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