Gareth Cliff has admitted been the reason why his fellow idols judge Marah Louw was fired from the show back in 2010. He admitted to spiking her drink before the show were she said a lot of things on live TV, after which her contract was nit renewed.
Marah told Sunday Times said that the incident did tarnish her career;
“You’ll be shocked at what lengths people will go to get you fired in this industry when they want to put in their friends.”
Although she did not say who was responsible, however Cliff confirmed this week that he was the person that did spike her drink.
“The vodka incident was one of the more memorable Marah moments,” he writes in his book Cliffhanger.
“It’s not common practice to have a drink on set, but that evening one of the crew brought a bottle of vodka for a pre-show celebratory drink. I passed Marah her drink and all was well until halfway through the show when she became a touch emotional, or maybe delirious. Needless to say, the press had a field day and I was the one Marah threw under the bus during a radio interview the next day.”
“I don’t hate Marah. That night I drove her home, made sure she got into her house safely and then went back to collect my car and drove home. Nobody tells that story. I loved her, she was like our mama on the show and she’d tell the most hysterical stories and she was great and then she spun out that one night and now it’s everybody else’s fault. I had no beef with her up to the very end, I was one of the people who still called her after the show ended.”