Somizi Mhlongo In Trouble For Stealing
Television star Somizi Mhlongo, has landed himself in hot water for allegedly stealing the concept of his hit cooking show Dinner At Somizi‘s. The show which airs on 1 Magic has become Mzansi’s favorite as it features the who’s who of television.
The show started airing in July and it has seen a number of SA celebs being invited to appear on it, including the likes of Pearl Thusi, DJ Zinhle, Jub Jub, Lerato Kganyago, Rami Chuene, Rebecca Malope and Zahara. Invited guest celebs spoil in some delicious meal prepared by the TV star, and they later sit down with Somizi to speak about topics they have never opened up about.
Since the show debuted on the channel at has won the hearts of many but now it has left many a bit disappointed that the concept was apparently stolen, as the allegations have come out. According to screenshot of the show’s proposal shared by a Twitter user @Eusebius, the brain behind the show Hastings Moeng, sent an email to Somizi and Themba on July 28 2014, proposing a cooking show Dinner Kwa Somizi.
“On 28 July 2014, Hastings Moeng proposed DinnerAtSomizis to Somizi & Themba. The description of the show is materially similar to the one now flighted (to the shock of Mr Moeng). See the 2014 email below and decide for yourself,” wrote the Twitter user.
On 28 July 2014, Hastings Moeng proposed #DinnerAtSomizis to Somizi & Themba. The description of the show is materially similar to the one now flighted (to the shock of Mr Moeng). See the 2014 email below and decide for yourself. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/QVcpJIAY8o
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) September 15, 2020
It is also confirmed that on 2 September 2016 Hastings Moeng sent a treatment abstract of the show to the producer of Somizi’s current show Legend Manqele and they apparently used his concept to produce the show. “On 2 September 2016 Hastings Moeng wrote to Legend (the current producer) with a synposis for #DinnerAtSomizis . You can see the treatment synopsis below. And judge for yourself. Why is IP theft so rife in entertainment? Multichoice is being coy despite being shown this.”
Somizi has not responded on social to the allegations and he has since been Trending on Twitter, with many raising eyebrows on these allegations.