Was Roxanne Guinoo removed from ‘Banana Split’ due to weight problems?
|by Rachelle Siazon | April 03, 2009 11:54 PM | |
Aside from Valerie Concepcion and Dianne Medina, Roxanne Guinoo will also not be joining the second season of Banana Split. The pretty actress confirmed this news herself in an interview with ABS-CBN.com right after the story conference of the Precious Hearts TV series held at Pinoy Dream Academy’s function room on April 3. “Matatapos na kasi talaga yung first season ng show. And kung ano man yung naging decision dun, management decision yun. So wala akong maipapaliwanag about sa issue,” she began.
There have been reports saying that Roxanne didn’t renew her contract with Banana Split because the show couldn’t afford her talent fee anymore just like in the case of Valerie. “Ay hindi ko po alam kasi ang talent fee ko po nasa approval ‘yan ni Mr. M. (Johnny Manahan, head of Star Magic). Ang maysay ay ang tatay ng Talent Center.” She further stressed that she understood the required changes in the program, even if it means parting ways with her female co-stars. “Gano’n po talaga. Sanay naman po kaming lahat. Lahat naman talaga nagpapalitan. Wala ring samaan ng loob. Gano’n talaga eh.”
Roxanne also denied that she is just being picky when it comes to offers that are given to her. “Ako naman ever since hindi naman ako mareklamo sa trabaho eh. Kung ibibigay sa akin, kung worth it gawin, gagawin ko. Ganun lang talaga siguro ang mga shows natin, seasonal na lang ngayon. Three months-three months tapos kapag na-extend masuwerte na. Siguro time na para matapos yung show at magpasok ng bagong show. May mare-retain, may kailangang ilipat sa show… Siguro may iba ring shows gagawin yung ibang artists, tingin ko ganun. Tsaka decision talaga ito ng management,” she reiterated.
Rumor has it though that the former Maxim cover girl had to be axed from the show because she is having a hard time maintaining her sexy figure, which happens to be one of the major selling points of Banana Split in terms of its female cast. “Nataon lang na mas payat sila (i.e. Cristine Reyes and RR Enriquez) sa akin pero hindi ako mataba. Hindi ako mataba (laughs). Siguro ganyan talaga may iba-bang rason na lumalabas. Pero kung ano man yung mga rason nila at least ako tiwala ako sa Star Magic na yun ang desisyon. Naniniwala ako sa kanila. Madami kasing mga hearsay ‘di ba? So bahala na yung mga taong isipin kung anong gusto nilang isipin,” she maintained.
Nevertheless, Roxanne admitted that she has been gaining weight ever since her afternoon soap Ligaw Na Bulaklak ended last October 2008. But then there’s nothing to be alarmed about since she is still considerably sexy after all. “Ako naman mabilis tumaba, mabilis magpapayat. And hindi lang naman ako yung nag-ge-gain ng weight. Marami din naman akong co-actors na mataba din sila. Marunong lang talaga akong mag-maintain. Kaya lang siyempre hindi naman ako gano’n ka-busy so ayoko namang [i-deprive] yung sarili ko. Kaming mga artista mahirap talaga dahil may katawan kang dapat i-maintain. But then kung wala naman tayong pinaghahandaan ‘di ba hindi naman tayo masyadong [kailangang mag-diet or something],” she explained.