Why did Baby Cele leave Uzalo?

Baby Cele exited SABC 1’s Uzalo at the end of season six, due to her desire to pursue roles other than her well-known character on the show, Gabisile.

Baby Cele debuted on SABC 1’s hit weeknight drama, Uzalo, in 2018, taking on the role of Gabisile. The actress generated a large fanbase during her time on the show, which followed her character’s journey of balancing family, love and ethics. In October 2020, Uzalo confirmed that the actress would be leaving the series along with her on-screen partner, Siyabonga Shibe, who played Qhabanga.

In a statement to JustNje, the production stated, “Baby Cele and Siyabonga Shibe will indeed be leaving the show by the end of season six of Uzalo. The story has taken this direction and will give us a riveting, high-stakes ending for both characters. The decision was made in consultation with the two actors. Both have given a tremendous amount to their roles on Uzalo and we are forever grateful for that.”

Since then, Baby has teased a new role in an upcoming drama series that is expected to air on eTV. Baby took to Instagram on Thursday, 4 February 2021, to share behind-the-scenes images of herself and her co-stars from the upcoming production. The first image she shared was a selfie with veteran actor, Lindani Nkosi, followed by another selfie with two other castmates.

The actress posed in a black blazer with a matching hat, indicating that they were shooting a funeral scene. Baby captioned the post, “Meet Mr and Mrs Nkosi,” confirming that she and Lindani would be playing spouses in the new series, which fans assume was the reason for her departure from Uzalo.