Phil Mphela

Entertainment Commentator Phil Mphela. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

Phil Mphela: ‘Channels are not buying my opinion with gifts’

Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela says even if he does get paid to promote shows, he always insists on his own ‘organic reaction’.

Phil Mphela

Entertainment Commentator Phil Mphela. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

The Queen actress Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo recently trended for supporting entertainment commentator Phil Mphela who was slammed by tweeps for being “bribed” with promotional packages to promote shows on his social media.

The debate began when Mphela tweeted about a promotional package he received from’s fashion drama House of Zwide before giving his “opinion” about the show.


A tweep asked Phil if he’s suddenly tweeting about the new show because of the promotional package he received.

Another tweep asked him:

What if the production wanted to do their own reveal?

What if no formal agreement has been signed and you have already announced?

It’s cool to be the first to break a huge story.. but it’s awesome to break the story after getting clearance from the owners.

Phil took to his Twitter account to say:

Hehehe. Tlogela mona (stop being jealous).

When channels send me gifts, they are not buying my opinion.

Even shows I get paid to promote, I always insist that I get to have my own organic reaction.

The entertainment commentator says he’s actually assisting channels when he posts about a show before the channel makes an official announcement. 

People get more interested when channels eventually announce the news a day or week before the premiere.


  •  Kgopolo Phil Mphela was born in Brits and raised in Moruleng and has been part of the entertainment industry since 2002.
  • He left his hometown for Johannesburg to pursue a career in acting and changed his career plans after meeting late South African novelist Kabelo Sello Duiker.
  • Duiker influenced him to start writing about the entertainment industry and Mphela began blogging about celebrities.
  • Mphela is a self-made man who is best known for being the first to announce the latest casting news, celebrity gossip, and media developments. 
  • He’s got more than 200 000 followers on Twitter and more than 50 000 followers on TikTok.

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