The management of TV5 immediately vowed on Saturday to investigate the incident that caused Ruffa Gutierrez to quit her talk show “Paparazzi Showbiz Exposed”.
“TV5 management is seriously concerned about the turn of events today at Paparazzi and is now looking into the incident. We promise everyone that we shall take appropriate action,” the official statement said.
The statement came some three hours after Ruffa, who will turn 38 on Sunday, lashed out on Twitter and said she was quitting after feeling disrespected on her birthday celebration during the program.
“Hindi ako natutuwa sa birthday presentation ng Paparazzi para sa akin. Wala kayong kwenta at wala kayong respeto,” the actress tweeted immediately after the telecast.
Ruffa did not reveal the details of what caused her ire, but she appeared uneasy during the show’s “Bulong ng Palad” segment where the hosts usually take turns whispering a naughty question to their guest, who is expected to answer it out loud.
Because it was her birthday celebration, Ruffa was made the segment’s subject by her co-hosts, Cristy Fermin, Zoren Legaspi, and Mr. Fu, as well as guest co-host Mariel Rodriguez.
Each of them whispered a personal question with a common set of multiple-choice answers: Aga Muhlach, Zoren, and Robin Padilla—three actors who had past romantic links to the actress.
Ruffa appeared uncomfortable about the inclusion of Robin, Mariel’s husband, among the answers, although Mariel herself seemed okay with it.
Ruffa’s first tweet was followed in sequence by the following posts that now included the hash tag, #Paparazzi:
“The msg from Habitat For Humanity & Ms. Faith of Avon Philippines was heartwarming but what happened after that was a disgrace! #Paparazzi”
“Hindi nyo man lang naisip na nanonood ang mga anak ko! Yung head ng PROGRESS Gold Milk of Wyeth was at the studio, my friends were watching.”
“Binastos ako ng #Paparazzi on my birthday. I’m so sorry but THE BUZZ would never do this to me. EVER!”
“From this day on, I will no longer be part of Paparazzi. I will never tolerate DISRESPECT in any form done to me, to my children or to my beloved viewers.”
“I refuse to be part of trashy reporting that degrades people or shames others. #Paparazzi”
“I know God will provide work for me in other ways so I can take care of my daughters.”
“Lorin & Venice were watching #Paparazzi cuz they were excited to see my reaction on the handmade card/note they made for me.”
Ruffa’s mother, Annabelle Rama, immediately came to her aid and blamed the show’s writers.