Funny man Eric Omondi has admitted loosing most of his sponsors following the ‘Wife Material show that aired on YouTube.
The president of African Comedy said most of the sponsors withdrew and termed the show as unethical.
Speaking to Radio Maisha’s Mwende Macharia and Clemo on Konnect, Omondi revealed that several companies, among them a betting company, pulled away from him.
Eric revealed that he had 8 endorsement deals all coming during the Covid-19 pandemic but some have since pulled out following the show.
“Coronavirus was a blessing in disguise for some. When the pandemic struck, most people were put in lockdown. There were no entertainment sources i.e. concerts other than on online platforms such as YouTube and Instagram. Most clients realised the shift by their audience and sought who had the numbers. Luckily, I am the most followed personality in Kenya. I feel very blessed and thank my fans. It is because of them that I get endorsements. Sponsors see these followers – who are fans; actual people, who love and follow me,” said Omondi.
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When Mwende asked him how the controversies around the show affected him. Omondi revealed that there were sponsors who called him and confirmed their termination of their sponsorship.
“There are, two-to-three, clients who called me at the time [Wife Material] and told me I was on the precipice – what I was doing was enough. I lost a lot. They said, ‘Our product is family-oriented. We do not know what you are doing with your brand- kissing girls’,” responded the 38-year-old.
The Wife Material show was criticized by a section of Kenyans with some condemning the comedian for ‘using’ young women.
Even before the show, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua had accused the self-proclaimed Africa’s president of comedy of running a ‘brothel’ under the guise of creating video content.
He termed his antics as immorality of the highest order.
Mutua went further to call on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to move in swiftly and arrest all the parties involved in the ‘criminal’ activities.
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