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It’s final! Rannvijay Singha quits Roadies after 18 years, Sonu Sood to replace him as ‘mentor-host’

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For 18 years actor-VJ Rannvijay Singha has been associated with the TV reality show Roadies; whether it was a contestant, host, or then mentor. However, the long affiliation will reach a conclusion.

After 18 years of playing host on Roadies, Rannvijay Singha announced that he would be leaving the adventure-based reality show. There was much speculation that his exit was due to the takeover by a new production house, prompting a rift. Nonetheless, Singha says that there were no issues with the production house, and the channel has been a ‘key pillar’ of his career.

Confirming his exit from Roadies, Singha told Hindustan Times that things didn’t work out from both sides. He likewise mentioned that their dates didn’t match, and it was ‘disheartening’. Explaining that there were no issues with the production house, Singha added, that he has been working with the channel for 18 years and that he has done different shows with the network. “Production house aur mera koi taal mel hai nahi,” he said.

As indicated by the publication, Sonu Sood will be the new host of the show, and there will likewise be a resulting change in the show’s configuration. Apparently, Sood will be the only mentor-host this year and the face of the edition, as the concept of gang leaders has been dropped by the makers, which implies that Neha Dhupia, Prince Narula, and others may likewise not appear on the show.

For the unversed, Rannvijay first appeared in the first season of MTV Roadies and further hosted all the seasons from Roadies 2.0 to Roadies Revolution. Apart from this, he has also been a host for other MTV shows including, MTV Stuntmania, MTV Force India The Fast and The Gorgeous, MTV Splitsvilla, MTV Scooty Pep Diva and MTV Troll Police.

Meanwhile, actor-TV host Rannvijay Singha is busy with a wildlife show titled ‘Safari India’.  The show explores several national parks, including Jim Corbett, Kaziranga, Pakke Tiger Reserve (Arunachal Pradesh), Ranthambhore, Gir, Netravali (Goa) and Dubare Elephant Camp (Karnataka).

Talking about the show, Rannvijay in a statement said, “It was the most thrilling experience I have had this year. It was a series of astonishing and larger-than-life experiences. I interacted with forest rangers and learned about their efforts towards preserving our wildlife. I have had some exceptional learning experiences and it was only because of the show that I realized what a rich wildlife ecosystem our country has.”

The upcoming season of Roadies will be shot in South Africa and will go on floors from February 14.

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