Nollywood star, Ayoola Ayolola, has broken the silence concerning his removal from the popular Nigerian series, The Men’s Club.
Differing from what the production team said, Ayoola on Tuesday alleged that the producers were aware of his ‘temporary’ move out of the country.
Also known as TMC, The Men’s Club is a story about love, friendship, and betrayal, which revolves around four male main characters and how they relate with their partners.
One of the main characters, Aminu Garba, which was initially played by Ayoola, has been taken over by reality TV star, Pere Egbi, as announced by the series director, Tolu Odunsi, on Monday.
While Odunsi said, “Ayoola is unavailable indefinitely to physically record with his co-TMC cast at location”, the scriptwriter, Dami Elebe, said the actor relocated without informing the production team.
“But it isn’t our fault. It’s not our fault that the actor relocated – without telling us if I may add – and I don’t want the people – including me – who are working hard to give an amazing show be made to feel bad by the fans we absolutely love and are doing our best for,” Elebe had said.
Contrary to Elebe’s statement, Ayoola claimed that his decision to temporarily leave the country was made known to the executive producers of the show.
A statement on Ayoola’s verified Instagram page read, “Hi everyone. Thank you for all the love and support. I appreciate you!
“I remain grateful to have been part of such an amazing show and I did not take any action to jeopardize its success.
“Contrary to what was said, I did not relocate without letting the executive producers and producers of the show know.
“My decision to make a ‘temporary’ move out of the country was a long thought out process in which the producer/my manager at the time was aware of and involved in.
“With that being said, I cannot wait to be back on your screens again.”