By Sadeke Brooks and Krista Henry
KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Following LIME's withdrawal of their sponsorship of the reality show Teacha's Pet, a decision is yet to be made whether the show will be discontinued or aired without the communication giant's backing.
The STAR spoke with the producers of the show yesterday who disclosed that they are still in discussions about what decision will be made about the future of Teacha's Pet. They explained that a decision will be reached very soon.
This comes in light of LIME's announcement that they will stop airing Teacha's Pet on their LIME mobile TV. When news spread that the show's star Vybz Kartel had been arrested on Friday and charged with illegal possession of ganga, LIME immediately went in discussions with Creative Source Production, prod-ucers of the show Teacha's Pet.
The company said it would be monitoring the situation surrounding the dancehall artiste, before deciding the show's fate.
But in a statement yesterday, after the artiste was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm, LIME announced that it will be pulling the show from its mobile TV. The show was premiered on CVM TV at 10 p.m. on September 23, while the 'Too Hot For TV' episode was aired on LIME's Peppa channel.
In a statement yesterday, LIME said, "Due to the serious nature of the charges against Vybz Kartel, LIME has taken the decision to discontinue its broadcast of Teacha's Pet on mobile TV with immediate effect. The issue is a legal matter, which is the purview of the security forces and the courts and LIME will not comment any further at this time."
Meanwhile, Vybz Kartel did not appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday as scheduled. When his lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson turned up, he was told the case would not be heard and has been rescheduled.
The dancehall entertainer, real name is Adidja Palmer, is accused of conspiring with other men to kill 27-year-old businessman Barrington Burton, otherwise called 'Bossie'. The police said Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St Catherine.