Herman Kago alias Professor Hamo’s exit from Royal Media Services (RMS)-owned Hot 96 was on Wednesday, May 12 confirmed by the station.
The comedian who first became a household name with his appearances on the Churchill Show, was the co-host of the morning show alongside Jeff Koinange on Hot 96. Deputy Station Manager Clyde Katiba has been standing in as Jeff’s co-host on Morning Drive.
While wishing Hamo the best in his future endeavors, Hot 96 failed to offer little in the way of details concerning his absence from the airwaves – with Station Manager Cynthia Mwangi only stating that “Hamo no longer works for the station”.
Well-placed sources at RMS told Business Today that his contract was terminated, while further indicating that there had been apparent discontent on both sides simmering in recent weeks over allegations of indiscipline. Hamo was yet to respond to queries from Business Today surrounding his exit from the station by the time of publication.
Over the same period, Hamo had been the name on everyone’s lips, at the top of every trends list – for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately. He has been embroiled in a public spat with fellow Churchill Show comedian Jemutai (real name Stella Koitie) – the mother of two of his children outside his marriage – over parental responsibility.
Under his posts on social media, whether they’re about the young new rapper Trio Mio or a selfie with Citizen TV reporter Stephen Letoo, a section of Kenyans online continue to pile into him with incessant trolling, questions and criticism. Some have, however, turned their guns on RMS while backing the comedian.
They accused the station of subscribing to “Cancel culture” – in reference to the backlash Hamo had been receiving.
Jemutai had claimed that Hamo failed to support her in taking care of his children. She was responding to chatter that followed her move to put up her Facebook page (with over 800,000) followers, up for sale via popular gossip blogger Edgar Obare.
The situation led to a back-and forth that has only gotten messier with every turn, tarnishing the once squeaky-clean image of the “professor” whose wacky scholar act endeared him to millions across the country – landing him spots on some of the biggest shows and endorsement deals with the likes of Startimes.
As of August 2020, he was rumored to be in talks to move to Mediamax-owned Milele FM on a bigger contract, after failing to agree terms on a new contract at Hot 96.
Hamo, in response to Jemutai, stated that his wife knew about the relationship and had been handling the financial support of his kids with Jemutai. He maintained that they had never gone hungry and eventually demanded a DNA test.
“I have children who live with me and others who don’t live with me. I have been providing for my children from day one and there’s no day they went without food or shelter or anything they need,” he posted.
A furious Jemutai denied that Hamo had ever supported his kids, and further stated that the DNA results confirmed that her two children were Hamo’s.
At one point, Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki had to step in, promising to ensure the matter was amicably resolved and the children given the support they need.