Phat Joe Biography
Phat Joe whose real name is Majota Khambule was born on 4th December 1974 in Majota Mandlakayise Isaac Khambule in Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa. He is a South African radio DJ and Television Personality. He rose to fame in the late 1990s to the early 2000s with ‘The Phat Joe Show’.
Phat Joe Early Life
He was born in South Africa and lived in Mafikeng, North West and in Polokwane in Limpopo where his father, Matthews Khambule, was a lecturer. When he was eight they moved to the United States of America fleeing the oppressive apartheid regime.
He spend twelve years in the United States and evn attended school there.After the election in 1994 together with his parents they moved back together to South Africa.
Phat Joe Career
In 1995 he joined Radio Bop, a Mmabatho based radio station, where he was the radio DJ until he quit in 1997.
In 1997 he joined YFM where he was a DJ and host of the weekend breakfast show as well as the sales executive for the station.
In 1999 he became the host of the weekdays breakfast show at YFM.
He began hosting his own comedy show ‘ The Phat Joe Show’ on the then newly founded television station, e.tv.
In 2001, he left YFM for Metro FM and ‘The PHat Joe Show’ was moved to SABC 1. In 2002 he left Metro FM. His show on SABC 1 aired until 2005.
In 2008, he was the host of ‘The Phat Joe Morning Show’ on Kaya FM until 2012.
In 2009 he joined Heart FM until 2012.
In 2010 he was the co presenter of ‘The Real Goboza’. In 2011 he co-hosted The 17th Annual South African Music Awards with Bonang Matheba.
In 2012 he returned to Metro FM where he hosts a Saturday breakfast show with Pearl Thusi.
In 2014 he hosted the first season of ‘Take Me Out South africa’ which aired on SABC 1.
Also in 2014 he hosted the 13th Annual Metro FM Awards with Pearl Thusi.
In March 2015 he joined SABC 3 new show, Presenter Search on 3, alongside Bonang Matheba, Jeannie D, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Leigh-Anne.
Phat Joe Girlfriend – Phat Joe Wedding – Phat Joe Married
Phat Joe and his fiancée, Palesa Morgan are planning to tie the knot on an Island. Palesa Morgan had this to say about the wedding arrangements, “We don’t want to give too much information as yet but I can tell you that the wedding will be on a private island somewhere magical.”
She further added that they needed an entire year to organise and plan their big day. “We will be having our wedding in 2018 because we need a year to plan everything out and make sure everything is perfect.”
Phat Joe Controversies
Phat Joe Remarks on Down Syndrome
On February 2017 during his srive time show on East Coast Radio he said that he felt ‘Down Syndromish’. He was later suspended after parents of children with Down Syndrome reacted.
In a Facebook post the radio station posted “As a well-known and well-loved KZN brand, we will always endeavor to protect the interests of our listeners. We disagree with the comments that Phat Joe has made over the past few days and have decided to take him off air for the duration of this week. We will provide a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so.”
Phat Joe Comment on Caster Semenya
In 2009, Joe invited listeners to Kaya FM to express their views on the Semenya Caster Issue after an Australian newspaper claimed that the results of the sex tests the teenager had allegedly undergone showed she had “no womb and no ovaries, and had internal testes”.
During the show Joe said “Does this mean that at this point she has never had a period? To some extent, she should have known that something is not 100% right. She was still waiting for her period, perhaps?”
“Did she cheat when she left those women (behind) in Germany? Why is it possible that she could not have known that she is not 100% female?”
Due to these remarks he was fired from the radio station although he says that he was not given an explanation for his firing.
“I still don’t know why I got fired. They have not given the reason for firing me. No meeting was called to explain this and I wasn’t told why. I still have the letter on email,”
Phat Joe Family
He had a son with former model Farai Rook, named Brooklyn Khambule