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SABC reportedly cans Top Billing

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It is believed that the cash-strapped SABC, four months ago, did not renew the show's contract as it was too costly to produce.

Hat's entertainment no longer: Long-running lifestyle television show "Top Billing" has reportedly been cancelled. Picture: Twitter

“Top Billing”, the lifestyle TV show that’s been on the air on SABC2 and then SABC3 for 23 years, has, reportedly, been cancelled.

According to the SowetanLIVE, the cash-strapped SABC, four months ago, did not renew the show’s contract as it was too costly to produce. The SABC’s money problems have led them to asking Parliament for a cash bailout. 

The show was started by Patience Stevens, and became known for showing viewers “the best of the good life”. Many “Top Billing” presenters became personalities. 
One of them was Basetsana Kumalo, who also went on to co-executive produce the show. 
Others presenters in its 23-year history include Lorna Maseko, Jo-Ann Strauss, Nico Panagio, Michael Mol, Maps Maponyane, Ayanda Thabethe, Bonang Matheba and Simba Mhere. 
The show became so popular that many started referring to mansions as “a Top Billing house” or over-the-top weddings as a “Top Billing wedding” – this was in reference to the mansions and weddings the show screened.
Social media users expressed their disappointment over the show’s cancellation.