Ruffa speaks up after ‘Paparazzi’ resignation

Posted at 07/01/2012 2:55 PM | Updated as of 07/02/2012 1:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Television host Ruffa Gutierrez gave no hint if she is planning to transfer to another network in the future following her resignation from entertainment talk show “Paparazzi” last week.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Saturday, Gutierrez said she is currently focused on finishing her contract with the No. 3 network TV5.

“I’m going to finish my contract first. I have a lot of projects, movies coming up. Mayroon akong bagong soap,” she said.

After her resignation from 'Paparazzi', TV host Ruffa Gutierrez says she still needs to finish her contract with TV5.

It would be recalled that Gutierrez cried foul on June 23 when her program on TV5 allegedly maligned her on her birthday celebration.

Gutierrez took to micro-blogging site Twitter to vent her ire against the weekend showbiz talk show, which she co-hosted.

During the June 23 episode of the show, Gutierrez's co-hosts took turns in whispering questions to the former beauty queen, such that viewers would not hear what had been asked. The questions were allegedly on sensitive topics about her previous relationships with Zoren Legaspi, Robin Padilla and Aga Muhlach, to which Gutierrez protested while on air.

In an official statement regarding the incident, Gutierrez said she was “absolutely appalled at the sexual content of the questions.”

“No one has a right to ask those questions to anyone on air or even off air. The questions may have been whispered, but they were resonating loudly as offensive, vulgar and degrading to a person,” the TV host said in a statement which was published on the Philippine Star on Sunday.

Gutierrez said she “felt that my dignity and integrity as a person along with the rest of my womanhood were violated.”

“I knew right then and there that I would never come back to Paparazzi. I may not be faultless but I know where to draw the line between degrading and entertaining,” she said.

Gutierrez said she will remain grateful for the opportunities given to her by TV5 but she will stand firm in her decision to quit “Paparazzi.”

“After evaluating the direction that the show has been geared towards as of late, I strongly feel that the values and the principles that the show stands for are no longer aligned to what I wish for myself and for my children and even the causes I stand for,” she said.

Gutierrez formally submitted her resignation to Perci Intalan, entertainment and creative head of TV5, last June 27, according to her statement.