Miss Kitty quits RJR following contract dispute
Renowned media personality, Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Miss Kitty has left Radio Jamaica (RJR) following a five-year stint; citing a contract dispute.
This past Friday, the ‘Fluffy Diva’ tendered her resignation from RJR following the Ruption afternoon show, which she hosted since first association with the station. According to Miss Kitty she had no choice but to leave after expressing her disapproval of an exclusivity clause in a new contract recently offered to her, which would force her to resign from her new post as host of Mawnin Link Up on New York’s Link Up Radio.
“I have resigned. It was a sad and unfortunate letter that I had to pen. A choice was given to me and in my judgment and estimation, I could not survive under that," Miss Kitty told the Jamaica STAR. “Like any young person, I want to grow. I am sure the fans don't want me to stay one way forever. I shouldn't be penalized for wanting to grow."
Despite understanding why RJR included that clause, she said the money offered was unacceptable.
"They wanted to just drop in that clause. I understand they want exclusivity, but you have to be willing to pay me,” she said. “If I am sick for a month, I'm not paid. I'm not messing with their revenue. I am not directly affecting their revenue."
"I'm a freelancer, I don't get health care, insurance and other benefits as an employee on staff,” she continued. “If I don't work, I don't get paid, so therefore, you can't want to cut off my ability to earn. I don't think it's fair to hold a staff employee to the same standards as a contract employee. I've given up a lot to include night life, I don't smoke and I don't drink. I remain a committed professional in my field.”
Despite the difference in opinion, Miss Kitty was quick to shoot down any speculation of animosity between herself and RJR.
“It was a pleasure and honor being with RJR. I have my integrity, aspirations and dreams. I want to thank them for the opportunity. I hope they continue to grow from strength to strength," she said. "I want to go to law school so that can be done, and I also want to start my foundation. I will be back on local radio, it's all about where to go. I have a bond with my fans. I have fans as old as 85. I get my energy and motivation from them."
Though Link Up Radio is based in New York, Miss Kitty has remained in Jamaica to do broadcast of the show after turning down an offer to move overseas. In the meantime, she concluded her sixth season as judge of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall on Saturday night. Fans can catch up with the ‘Fluffy Diva’ on her official Facebook page at Facebook/TheFluffyDiva or on Twitter: @fluffymisskitty.