'Paparazzi' hosts reach out to Ruffa

Posted at 06/30/2012 1:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines –  The hosts of TV5 entertainment talk show "Paparazzi" said they have reached out to their former co-host Ruffa Gutierrez after her controversial resignation from the program last Saturday.

Ruffa Gutierrez. File photo

Following Gutierrez's tirades on micro-blogging site Twitter against "Paparazzi," her former co-host and ex-boyfriend Zoren Legaspi said he immediately reached out to the former beauty queen to apologize for any harm done during the show's June 23 episode.

"Tumawag ako sa kanya, kay Ruffa, nag-text ako, nag-apologize ako. 'Kung nasaktan kita, na-offend kita, naga-apologize ako.' Kung may kasalanan man ako, nag-apologize ako, para hindi na lumaki 'yung issue," Legaspi said during the Saturday episode of the talk show.

For his part, another "Paparazzi" co-host, Mr. Fu, said he and Gutierrez have already talked, but refused to divulge details as to their conversation.

"Nag-text-an na kami ni Ruffa, nag-promise ako na sa'min nalang 'yung napag-usapan namin. Okay na. Life goes on, the show must go on," Mr. Fu said.

'Gross' question

It can be recalled that Mr. Fu, during the "Bulong ng Palad" segment of the show last Saturday, whispered a question to Gutierrez, which she refused to answer, protesting it was "gross."

The question, partly heard on-air -- "Who has the biggest...?" -- was supposedly answerable by the three names of Gutierrez's former boyfriends: Legaspi, Robin Padilla and Aga Muhlach.

The string of "disrespectful" questions prompted Gutierrez to quit the show. She said she felt maligned by having been asked on such sensitive topics, and expressed concern over her two daughters having watched the controversial episode.

Over the week since the incident, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Llamanzares said that there are no grounds for suspending the hosts of "Paparazzi."

One of the talk show hosts, Cristy Fermin, has also since expressed "sadness" over what had transpired, saying that Gutierrez, in lieu of confronting the program staff in private, chose to vent her ire against the show on Twitter.