10 Most Controversial Pinoy TV Show Segments
One thing's for sure: They made TV very interesting.
(SPOT.ph) When it comes to Pinoy showbiz, sometimes real life is far more entertaining than the telenovelas (and those can get really ridiculous). Controversy doesn't just erupt on showbiz talk shows; over the years, we've also watched plenty of drama and juicy gossip unfold on variety shows. We relive some of the most controversial and unforgettable moments from local TV shows.
The Tulfo brothers threaten Claudine Barretto
The segment: A six minute-long segment on T3: Kapatid, Sagot Kita!
The public service show got into hot water in 2012 after brothers Ben, Raffy, and Edwin Tulfo aired their disgust over the beating of their brother, Mon. The brothers threatened Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, after the latter two were involved in a very public (and viral) brawl with Mon at the airport. The reason? Mon reportedly took photos of Claudine berating a Cebu Pacific ground stewardess. The brothers' vengeful and expletive-filled rant led to their suspension as well as a legal battle between the two parties.
Willie Revillame's remarks on President Cory Aquino's funeral
The segment: "Willie of Fortune" on Wowowee
Willie Revillame's name is practically synonymous to controversy. His show, Wowowee has seen plenty of backlash, including the Hello Pappy scandal (where the "Wilyonaryo" segment was accused of being rigged). In August 2009, he lamented at how the funeral of former President Cory Aquino was being simultaneously broadcast along with his show, saying, "Nagsasalita, ipinapakita 'yong kabaong ni Tita Cory, hindi ba? Papano kami makapagsasaya, nahihirapan kami? [...] Pagkatapos ng show, ipakita n'yo ang gusto n'yong palabas." Plenty of people didn't take his comments lightly, but he and ABS-CBN countered that his statement was meant to give respect to the late president.
The alleged pimping of Pastillas Girl
The segment: "Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas?" on It's Showtime
It's Showtime's new segment dedicated to the viral Pastillas Girl was introduced to rival Eat Bulaga's successful Kalyeserye segment with AlDub. The segment features Pastillas Girl's quest to find a potential boyfriend by setting her up on blind dates or bringing in her ex-boyfriend for a confrontation on national TV. Unfortunately, a lot of people didn't take to the change lightly, demanding the old format back and even going as far as accusing the show of pimping her to suitors (which her mother denied). A complaint filed by Gabriela quickly led to MTRCB summoning It's Showtime executives. The case has since been settled.
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MTB's controversial hosting trio
The segment: "Calendar Girls" on Magandang Tanghali Bayan
"Calendar Girls" was a popular segment where pageant hopefuls, clad in swimsuits, paraded around the MTB stage and vied for the segment's grand prize. The segment was notorious for hosts Willie Revillame, Randy Santiago, and John Estrada's "vulgar" and "disrespectful" questions towards the contestants. This led to their suspension in August 1999. In 2003, the show was reformatted to Masayang Tanghali Bayan, but the three hosts were suspended again after uttering the words "blowjob" and "jakol" on air.
Eat Bulaga's closet mishap
The segment: "Problem Solving" on Eat Bulaga
In May 2015, Eat Bulaga was criticized over advice given by hosts of the "Problem Solving" segment. A gay man asked the hosts how he could prevent his children from being discriminated against for having a gay father. Jose Manalo advised him to change how he dresses, saying, "Ang solusyon ay ikaw. [...] Magagawa mo ba na hindi ka na maggaganyan ng hitsura? Pero beki ka pa rin." Meanwhile, Sen. Tito Sotto told him, "Sa madaling-salita, ibalik sa closet." This immediately sparked outrage from the LGBT community, including an open letter from a single lesbian mom, who wrote, "I feel sad for the guy for trusting you with what he is going through only to be treated that way."
Regine Velasquez's "Listen" flub
The segment: A performance on SOP
Even this musical variety show wasn't spared from intrigue. In 2007, a performance by Regine Velasquez went viral when she sang the wrong lyrics to Beyonce's "Listen." (Think lyrics like "I am the dog who leave you.") After her messy rendition, she abruptly walked off the stage and left the studio. According to reports, Regine was upset at SOP staff because they were blocking the teleprompter during her performance.
Willie Revillame and Jan-Jan
The segment: "Wiltime Bigtime" on Willing Willie
Years after his controversial stint on ABS-CBN, Willie Revillame once again made headlines...this time, in his TV5 variety show, Willing Willie. In March 2011, an episode featured a six-year-old boy named Jan-Jan, who performed a "macho dance" for the live audience. Willie allegedly forced him to repeat the dance at least five times, despite the latter having tears in his eyes. In the end, he gave Jan-Jan P10,000 as cash prize. The episode elicited furious reactions from personalities in showbiz and government, with news coverage even spreading internationally.
Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino's "sexually charged" dance
The segment: An opening number on Party Pilipinas
In January 2013, the MTRCB received multiple complaints due to an opening dance number between Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino. The "sexually charged dance" involved the two "simulating" sex on a propped-up bed, and while suspended by a harness over the stage. The MTRCB placed the show on a six-month probation and forced them to issue a public apology.
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Regine Tolentino's kerosene disaster
The segment: "Clash Dance" on ASAP
"Clash Dance" was one of ASAP's most popular segments, launching the dancing careers of a number of sexy celebrities, including Regine Tolentino. In 2003, Regine accused fellow dancer Angela Velez, who performed before she did, of intentionally spewing kerosene on the stage as sabotage. This resulted in a dance that was as painful to Regine's behind as it was to viewers watching. Angela revealed that she spat out the kerosene because she was supposed to have a fire-themed entrance but her lighter malfunctioned.
Rosanna Roces' tirade against teachers
The segment: It's Showtime competition series
Guest judge Rosanna Roces, who is no stranger to controversy, drew flak for her comments on teachers during the show's January 2010 live episode. When she asked one of the contestants from Calamba, Laguna a question on Jose Rizal that the latter couldn't answer, she remarked, "Murahin mo 'yong teacher mo, ha! Ako minura ko 'yong teacher ko noong hindi niya sinagot sa akin 'yan. Oo, walanghiya 'yang mga teacher na 'yan, hindi sinasabi 'yong totoo sa atin, eh! Ikaw taga-roon ka hindi mo alam."
She continued, "Ang mga teacher, they were just repeaters. Tinuturo lang nila kung ano ang itinuro sa kanila. Hindi na nila itinuturo kung ano ang gusto malaman ng mga bata." Her statements caused outrage from viewers and teacher's groups, which led to her removal as a judge and It's Showtime's suspension.