As one lawyer found out on Wednesday night, TV is not for everyone.
While people like Duale, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Matsanga and Miguna make it appear effortless, TV interviews can actually be quite tricky.
Jeff Koinange had been hyping ‘The Battle of the Lawyers’ all day on Twitter, and Kenyans expected a showdown.
It would pit Ahmednasir Abdullahi vs another vocal lawyer Donald Kipkorir.
As Kipkorir revealed, this was his first TV interview in 20 years. Before Wednesday night he had only done one media interview with Jimmy Gathu, back in the ’90s.
These two lawyers are quite vocal on social media, and at least The Grand Mullah has proved himself in front of the cameras too.
On the show, Kipkorir rarely impressed and his answers were mostly ‘off’. The Bench is known for explosive interviews and that explains why many were left underwhelmed. As larry Madowo would say, we were expecting an explosive show but all we got was a fart.
Jeff is known for keeping his guests on their feet, and Kipkorir was making that a challenge with his slow answers that circled and circled before getting to the point – when there was one.
The lawyer himself took to Facebook and Twitter and swore never to appear on TV again.
Elsewhere on Twitter, KOT roasted him the whole night and there was some agreement that the Donald Kipkorir is a ‘keyboard warrior’. (unable to replicate your strong views on the internet in the real world)
Here are some of the harsh tweets.
Kipkorir should have turned down the interview, we would still be thinking he is brilliant. #politics101
— Koyier Oyier (@TheKoyier) January 20, 2016
Kipkorir the most boring lawyer i have ever seen in live TV, the guy is too noisy in Twitter..ignorant.
— Ally Alleza (@Alleza_Alleza) January 20, 2016
— mike okunson (@MikeOkunson) January 20, 2016
— Umuro (@umurosora) January 20, 2016
Dear Kipkorir, we as a country endorse your decision not to appear on TV again for the next 20 years. Yours, Concerned Kenyan.
— SokoAnalyst (@SokoAnalyst) January 20, 2016
— Vincent Nyamache (@NyamacheTheIcon) January 20, 2016
Donald Kipkorir should stick to ranting about Sankara on facebook. He cant address deep issues on TV #Jklive
— Harrison Marex (@olemarex) January 20, 2016
#JKL Donald Kipkorir is just a keyboard warrior.
— Kevin Chebbe (@KChebbe21) January 20, 2016
#JKLive tonight was below par. Don Kipkorir is overrated. He reminds me of my high school history teacher
— TEDx (@tednjuguna) January 20, 2016
#politics101 I dozed off thanks to the kipkorir guy.
— Tito (@titobett) January 20, 2016
Kipkorir looks so timid and has so much "stage fright" he could not provoke the real Ahmednasir to talk
— Calvin Ayugi (@CAyugi) January 20, 2016
— #FreeYassinJuma (@Alibash_Mohamed) January 20, 2016
This man kipkorir doesnt deserve to be on the same bench with grand mullah @KoinangeJeff
— Hassan adow (@Has10n) January 20, 2016
— Kale Gene (@VINKIBET) January 20, 2016
This is DKB DKB is a keyboard warrior DKB ain't shit in real life Don't be like DKB pic.twitter.com/Xm1pbbRKgt
— Masaku (@masaku_) January 20, 2016
Grandmulla on Twitter, DKB in real life
— Masaku (@masaku_) January 20, 2016
Huyu Donald Kipkorir, amewahi toa mtu jela kweli? #JKL
— Mohammed Abdul (@Mohabdul_23) January 20, 2016
I used to hold Donald Kipkorir in high regard until JKL happened.His understanding on matters religion very poor.
— Oketch Ole Onyango (@oketch_ole) January 20, 2016
Donald Kipkorir has no flow of thoughts #politics101
— Bernice (@NyarNyamwa) January 20, 2016
Hands down grandMullah.,Kipkorir is out-classed just an over dressed moron lol #politics101
— hassan ahmed (@hassow1993) January 20, 2016
Jeff, I have not fathomed a single issue about what Kipkorir is saying?He fumbles and incoherent in ideas chronological thinking.
— #FreeYasinJuma (@IrsAhusler) January 20, 2016
Very disappointed with Donald Kipkorir. His performance is below per and expectations. #politics101
— Chege wa Macharia (@chegewamacharia) January 20, 2016
Donald Kipkorir and Kipchumba Murkomen should stick to cattle dip issues. Don is so dim on many issues #Politics101
— James Last (@JamesLast) January 20, 2016
What a lackluster talk. Donald Kipkorir isn't for the bench #politics101
— Oti_faya (@jutieno) January 20, 2016
#jkl Donald Kipkorir is overrated.. ??
— kericho kericho (@kerichokericho) January 20, 2016
— kiprotich (@sucre68) January 20, 2016
Watch the full show in case you missed (Part 1 and 2)