First of all, I just wanna say I don't buy this whole Bridget & AK on Breakfast thing...for some reason, I still think it's all a big stunt and that Sbu is still coming to Y in May. I'm not sure, I just happen to believe that theory nami.
Right now, we have Bridget on Breakfast and her appointment (whether permanent or not) caused quite a stir with the YFM masses and they didn't hold anything back in expressing their misery (me exaggerating kancane) on the YFM breakfast blog (www.yfm.co.za).
Wondering what the hell was going on, I caught up with Bridget to try and find out what the deal was but ja noh, her lips were sealed.
There's also something about the way everyone at Y is responding to this DJ Sbu thing that makes me suspicious....
Anyway, here is the little that Bridget was willing to share with us:
Brown Shuga: So gal how did you end up doing Breakfast when we were expecting Sbu?
Bridget : This business is really funny. When you think you have it
figured out it throws you a curve ball. In this case I guess that curve ball was me on breakfast! .
BS: Did you have to think about whether or not you were ready for
breakfast when the job was offered to you or did you just go YES!?
Bridget: With every offer you have to consider all the likely angles and weigh out all the possibilities. I have never been one to back down from a
challenge and in any case the only way you can ever truly know if you
ready for something is to just do it. With that said, its been quite an
BS: And having read the Y listeners' reaction to your show, how do
you feel about that decision now?
Bridget: People will always have something to say. You can never be all things to everyone, you must try and be yourself and those who appreciate will, and those who hate, will. Some of the criticism I have listened to because I thought it was constructive and hence I have incorporated some of it to my work, and some of it was just....well...I could think of creative words but I’d rather not.
When it’s all said and done, we’re all growing, and learning - and being in the public eye, I do understand that some people are going to be nice and others… not. It comes with the territory, really. I’ve learnt to deal with it.
BS: Good to hear that. I read through some of the comments left on the blog and I had a lump in my throat. How was it for you to read such horrible comments when all you were doing was a "job"?
Bridget: You know at the end of the day its about my job. I have a mandate to deliver on, I have shows to produce everyday and I do the best I know how. Sometimes you want to defend yourself, and gosh knows I wanted to scream a few times, but the Y listener has an opinion and in truth, I’d rather have people with opinions then not. I have been in entertainment for years now and I have learnt to deal with these things. It’s not to say the comments don't sometimes get to you, but you just carry on doing what you have to do.
BS: So true! I have to say though, the one thing I agree with from the comments that were made is the laughing. Why do you laugh so much when you're on air?
Bridget: Because that's me!! My personality is loud and bubbly. There are frills and thrills!
Radio has been stereotyped, with everyone expecting the same sound, the same voices saying the same thing. But I am lucky that Y is about letting you express yourself...the operative word being yourself. The guests I have asked to co-host are people with character, and if they make me laugh, I have to laugh. I am serious when I have to be, but have fun when I have to be. And the comedian week was meant to be all about laughs, so I was keeping in step with the theme.
YFM DJ's being expressive!!!
BS: So if this is a permanent move and there is NO SBU like we are made to believe, why is the slot being hosted by you and AK at other times?
Bridget: Y has always been a trend setting brand. We always aim to push
the envelop and if someone says it can’t be done, we want to know why not?? The combination of Ak and I, why not??
BS: Hmmmm, so what can we expect from Breakfast with Bridget and your thousand & one ideas? lol
Bridget: If you come with expectations, you will not appreciate it for what it is. Expect nothing, and come prepared for everything, that's what I tell my Young Black and Fabulous guest every Sunday. Catch Bridget on Y week-ends 12-3pm
(The whole weekend slot thing is another reason why I don't believe this breakfast thing coz I don't understand Y a radio station would want us listening to the same voices 7 days a week)
BS: And your response to all the people who are still comparing the YFM DJ's of today to the likes of Khabzela, Fresh & Bad Boy T?
Bridget: I have the privilege of knowing these gentlemen, and they are awesome people. They also play a big role in shaping the person I am every day. All I’m saying is let's learn to just get along. Change is a hard pill to swallow, but change is also inevitable. That's all I have to say.
BS: Enough about radio, so when is the big day Mrs Khati?
Bridget: Masinga Khati, to you! Lol! the big day will come....that's all I have to say.
BS: Is it gonna be anything like fabulousity we saw from Thandi and Milan's wedding?
Bridget: It was a lovely special day and I hope the lord blesses them with happiness but I don't want to be compared to anyone but myself. All I can say is that it will be memorable. A day of celebrating old love, new love and future love.
BS: Well said. You did the Marie Claire "nude" shoot last year and your
particular picture was HOTT. What did you think of Ntsiki Mazwai's
picture in this year's shoot?
Bridget: Anyone willing to show their support for such a great course deserves to be applauded. Its a beautiful campaign and I wish both Marie Claire and the personalities involved a long and fruitful relationship.
The Marie Claire pic (2007)
BS: Dodgy answer Bridget but I won't pressure you. Do you think people understood/understand the message behind the whole thing?
Bridget: I have hope that the South African public understood the campaign and that if someone out there didn't they were enlightened through discussion and knowledge.
BS: So is it true that you have a friend called Uncle D'ill D'O?
Bridget: Shoo, you read everything! I have the real thing that's why I don't need Uncle D'ill...(hint hint, wink wink)
BS: Hahahah you lucky thing!! And when you aren't busy with the rea' thing", what are your favourite TV shows at the moment?
Bridget: I’ve just woken up to the fabulousness that is Greys Anatomy. Huge Desperate Housewives fan, CSI Miami rocks, and oh my gosh, I cant get enough of Idols...
BS: I so feel you on Grey's & DH! Are there any show on TV you think are a waste of airtime?
Bridget: Ha...now you want to get me into trouble. Everything on telly has its audience therefore no show is a waste of time.
BS: The one thing you SO have to do before the end of 2008?
Bridget: Oh gosh, just one?? Hmmm, let me think about it...
BS: Heish, u so stingy with answers yazi! Who's your favourite to win Record of The Year at this year's SAMA's ke?
Bridget: Now you trying to get me into even more trouble! The artists ego is a fragile one, and I don't want to offend it by revealing my personal choice....ha ! – phela they know where I work.!
BS: Hawu, kanti is it only the Y listener who has a voice, not the DJ? lol I'm just asking for your opinion, you are entitled to it maan, the artists can wait! At least least tell me one thing that we don't already know about you?
Bridget: As I always say, if I told then it wouldn't be a secret. It would be
common knowledge and that would take the fun out of it. Don't you
BS: Not everything we don't know is a secret! Sjoe, haai, I give up gal but thank you so much for your time and all the best for Bridget on Y, as well as Breakfast With Bridget, regardless of how long it lasts.