It gained popularity last year, especially when the country went on lockdown and also for the antics of its participants and after being off air for weeks, a new season of Date Rush is here yet again.
The excitement was filtered with shouts of disapproval from viewers after it was announced that the ubiquitous Giovani Caleb would be replacing Nii Kpakpo Thompson as host.
In their search for answers on the decision of Media General, owners of TV3, not to bring Thompson back, the now former host, who was an integral part of the success of the first season, sent out a tweet.
In his exacerbating tweet, Nii Kpakpo Thompson stated that the producers of the show had decided to go with another host – a comment that got many of his followers ‘attacking’ the TV Station for such a decision.
Checks by www.entertainmentgh.com reveal that Nii Kpakpo is now residing in the United Kingdom and that posed a big challenge to his coming back to the show.
Issues of flying him to and from UK for the entire duration of the season – considering the current uncertainty with COVID-19 restrictions, made it torrid for the two parties to come to some consensus for his return to the show.
The sources also intimated that, producers of the show, unlike the previous season, would be shooting the season live – creating another impediment for a host that now resides in UK.
The possible solution was for Media General to host Nii Kpakpo in Ghana – bearing the cost of his stay and upkeep in Ghana, plus his contractual fee as host of the show; a venture the station, in this critical circumstance of a pandemic cannot sustain, the sources claim.
Management of TV3 has decided not to offer any official communication on the matter.
The highly anticipated Season 2 of ‘Date Rush’ would be hosted by Giovani Caleb, who is yet to falter in any show – from his days at YFM, ETV, through to Starr FM, GhOne TV to 3FM and TV3.
TV3 said the new season also promises to be more exciting with more add-ons from the last season. Special mention is made of candlelight dinners, romantic getaways and other exciting inclusions.