The host and television station parted company yesterday following an altercation with a co-worker sometime last week which led to her departure from the prime time entertainment programme.
“Last week at TVJ, I made an unfortunate decision and allowed my emotions to overpower my better judgement and reacted to a situation and got into an altercation with a fellow co-worker instead of walking away. It was an unfortunate choice that has caused me to lose a job that meant so much to me, but I have to take responsibility and learn from this and move forward,” a statement on Pepita’s Facebook fan page said last night.
The ‘chica’, whose real name is Pepita Little, went on to express sadness at leaving the widely viewed Saturday night entertainment programme for which she has been hosting for the past three years.
She also took the opportunity to show gratitude to her fans whose loyalty and support made her a household name on prime time television.
“To my Intense peeps. I’m writing this post with a very heavy heart because, sadly, I will no longer be the host of Intense. Over the course of the three years, I’ve worked with Intense, you all have shown me so much love and support and for that I thank you! I always felt welcomed everywhere I went – every party, every school,” continued Pepita in her post.
At the same time, her disbelief at leaving the programme was summed up as she posted, “I never dreamt of the day where I would not get to say, this is your Chica Pepita, walk good and live Intense”.
Meanwhile, fans of ‘the chica’ made good on providing encouragement for Pepita as soon as they heard the news.
Likewise,Romayne posted, “Wow ….. Intense meant Pepita Sanjay and Tippa Tip ….. now a missing link ……. sigh!!!!! This replacement has a big shoe to fill … the sky is the limit though …. use this as a push to something bigger for you …. keep sweet and natural with your abilities!!!!! I expect great things,”.
Fans also took to Twitter to share their views.
“No @PepLittle on Intense , no intense for me !!!!! … She IS intense !!!!!!”
When contacted, producer of Intense, Sharon Schroeter, was hesitant to provide details on the incident that cost Pepita her job. However, she remarked, “I’m disappointed at the decision … Pepita is an excellent presenter and I wish her all the best in the future.”
She also cleared the air as the question of a replacement was put to her.
“There’s no immediate replacement at this time,” Schroeter confirmed, but added that viewers should tune in on Saturday to see what happens.
- Jamaica Star