M-Net gave him the boot, but Cliff is back after winning a huge lawsuit against them shortly before auditions for Idols are due to start.
Cliff, who was axed as judge on Idols after a Tweet of his was labelled as racist by M-Net , will be reinstated after judge Caroline Nicholls ruled in his favour in the Johannesburg High Court.
“This is a contractual dispute. The contractual relationship has to be reinstated to what it was. M-Net will pay costs to Gareth Cliff,” Nicholls told the court.
Cliff earlier this week brought an urgent application to the court asking to be reinstated as judge on Idols; he got booted after a Tweet of his in which he commented on the whole Penny Sparrow shitstorm caught fire on social media.
“People really don’t understand free speech at all”, he tweeted. Worst timing ever and, well… M-Net sacked him saying that they don’t want to be associated with racists.
On Tuesday, however, Cliff’s lawyer Dali Mpofu argued that firing himg was the worst form of racism, while M-Net’s Wim Trengove attemted to convince the court that the they never had a contract with the personality.