Nora Aunor cancels 'It's Showtime' guesting stint because of Vice Ganda

Glaiza Jarloc

SUPERSTAR Nora Aunor has announced that she will no longer be a guest judge of "Tawag ng Tanghalan" Grand Finals on ABS-CBN's "It's Showtime".

In a PEP.ph exclusive interview, the she cited comedian Vice Ganda, one of the shows main hosts, as reason for backing out.

Aunor was tapped as one of the guest judges of the singing contest, which she won as grand champion in 1968.

The "Tawag ng Tanghalan" grand finals was held at the Resorts World Manila, Pasay City, Saturday, March 11.

Initially, a conflict in scheduling ensued when her name was mentioned as the special guest of "Eat Bulaga", the country's longest running variety program, in its special episode on Saturday.

"Eat Bulaga" and "It's Showtime" are airing in the same timeslot.

Aunor initially said that she will prioritize her supposed guest appearance in "Eat Bulaga" as she cannot turn down an invitation from Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, one of the show's pioneers who helped her family during the hospitalization and passing of her brother Eddie "Buboy" Villamayor.

"Malaki ang utang na loob ko kay Tito Sen (Senator Sotto). Hindi ko siya puwedeng tanggihan. Mahalaga sa akin ang pagtanaw ng utang na loob," she said.

But after checking the promotional materials released by "It's Showtime," the actress eventually agreed to appear on the show on March 11.

Aunor said she will just speak to Sotto and explain the situation.

Showbiz columnist Mercy Lejarde, whom the actress spoke to in PEP.ph, later on, received a message confirming that she will not appear anymore.

Aunor explained that she's not eager to guest in the Kapamilya show because of Vice Ganda.

"Hindi ako feel ng main host nila na si Vice Ganda. Baka bastusin lang ako nun, tulad ng pambabastos niya sa akin sa show niya," she said.

The actress added: "Yung mga patutsada niya, parinig niya na alam ko ako ang tinutukoy niya dahil minsan ako mismo ang nakarinig."

When pressed in what way she felt disrespected by the comedian, Aunor mentioned Vice Ganda's indirect comments about her.

The Superstar said she had no problems with her past dealings with ABS-CBN, but she will take exception with "It's Showtime".

Aunor said as much as she wants to appear in the noontime program, she cannot handle the disrespect shown by the comedian.

"Dito lang talaga sa 'It's Showtime' dahil sa main host ng show. Para lang mapatawa niya ang tao, kahit mambastos na siya ng kapwa niya, ginagawa niya," she ended.

As of this posting, Vice Ganda is yet to make a comment on Aunor's statement. (SunStar Philippines)