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End of an Era: ‘Noot vir Noot’ Host Sings Swansong

The longest continually running television game show in South African history has said farewell to its renowned presenter of 28 years.

After more than 700 episodes and 44 seasons of SABC’s music gameshow, Noot vir Noot, Johan Stemmet has left the popular program on Thursday, 24 January. With SABC’s announcement of Stemmet’s stepping down as presenter, he commented that his departure was a big deal for him. “The show was such a big part of my life. I do however feel that it is time for new blood and for the show to enter a new season”.

With the season finale that aired on 24 January, Stemmet promised that his time on the show would end on a literal high note.

“Now, the big finale of Noot vir Noot lies ahead. In the 28 years I have worked on the show, I know in my heart that this will be the most exciting final program yet. You definitely should not miss this show; you won’t regret it. Have a lovely evening, friends”, he posted on Facebook.

The first episode of the beloved musical gameshow aired on 27 July 1991 and ever since Stemmet has become a legend, known for his witty signature phrases such as “Noot vir Noot”, which is Afrikaans for ‘Note for Note’ implying a ‘music note for a cash note’.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 SAFTAs.

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