John's retirement, set for the end of the year, was announced by the station through a statement on Thursday morning. He is to be replaced by afternoon drive show host Xolani Gwala.
News of the retirement soon saw John's name trend on social media site Twitter.
And while some fans of the show wished him well, many users celebrated the news with memes and jokes.
And, you know, Twitter can be brutal.
What? John Robbie retired? Siyabonga!!!! pic.twitter.com/8d5hMAtt0n— Buhle Mbonambi (@Buhlebonga) November 10, 2016
John Robbie's retirement is the best thing that has ever happened this 2016— #BRINGBACKOURLAND (@Hlomani_Job) November 10, 2016
I've stopped listening to 702 bcoz of some silly obnoxious comments of John Robbie, maybe I'll start listening to 702 again...— Oreneile Tsotlhe (@Mmabeta) November 10, 2016
Now I will listen to talk radio during my morning ride to work because that condescending fool called John Robbie is retiring.— Rural Intellect (@Marcellomj) November 10, 2016
John Robbie retiring from 702. It's about damn time! pic.twitter.com/aiqGnZdNoo— Babes WeEducation (@MissMadiba) November 10, 2016
Us right now in the office because John Robbie is bouncing pic.twitter.com/LRphBwWWFr— Rural Intellect (@Marcellomj) November 10, 2016
When I had the news that John Robbie is retiring. pic.twitter.com/gOrRY5rlEd— Modern Day Pantsula (@Thabiso_Dlamini) November 10, 2016
John came under fire earlier this year when he made a remarks about those protesting the hair policy at schools across South Africa.
At the time TshisaLIVE had learnt that the comments landed John in hot water, but Primedia denied that there were any plans for him to leave.
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