Do us all a favor and just bring it…
Enough with lame headlines like the Pitch‘s speculating on whether now former KCUR FM host Jabulani Leffall was on drugs. He was not the alt weekly “reported,” according to an anonymous friend.
It’s time for Leffall to come out of hiding and come clean to local listeners as to why he pulled the plug on his radio show with no warning, no explanation.
Leffall owes them that, seeing as how they wrote his paychecks the past two years.
Did Leffall bail for the seemingly obvious reason? That he was unhappy with someone or something at the station.
That said, clearly someone who describes himself as a journalist can relate to the concept of returning media requests for comment and accepting the responsibility to his public to be somewhat forthcoming.
There’s no shortage of avenues for Jabulani to take.
The Pitch and certainly Tony kissed up to him plenty the past two years. He could share his side of the story with either with little worry. They want it bad enough to assure Leffall a soft landing.
He could take the path less safe and lay out his tale here on KC Confidential. However the chances of that happening appear slim given Leffall’s odd exit and hasty entry into the radio host witness protection program.
Is Leffall hiding out on advice of counsel while awaiting the filing of a lawsuit or complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission?
Or could it be that he’s just a flake and KCUR and Kansas City are good to be rid of him?
It’s not like Lefall’s passing sparked a tidal wave of accolades from the comments crowd.
“Two Questions,” said Jim. “1. Who?
2. Who cares?”
“I for one am glad he is gone, but would like to know why,” added Jess.
Sure Leffall he had his supporters, but to just split and hang everybody out to dry indefinitely is both gutless and lame.
At least we’ve still got his music and verse to fall back on.
So clearly -even while in hiding – Leffall wants to maintain a public presence.
Maybe some understanding of his mysterious departure can be found in the words the Ghetto Genius himself.
“A ghetto genius knows when a man or woman is hiding behind his or her talent, sometimes God given, because he/she wants to fit in to ‘civilized’ society,” Jabulani writes. “A ghetto genius does this for self because there are penalties, stress and perhaps deadly failure associated with displaying this genius on one’s shoulder.”
One last piece of advice to the Genius: You’ve had your fun, your unsolved mystery. Time to come out, come out wherever you are.