ABS-CBN's talent arm, Star Magic, issued a formal statement defending young actress Kristine Hermosa against the string of negative publicity allegedly woven by entertainment columnist Dolly Anne Carvajal.
In her column in a daily broadsheet (April 14, 20, and May 12), Dolly Anne repeatedly tackled the rift between Kristine and Prinsesa ng Banyera director Andoy Ranay. According to Dolly Anne, the misunderstanding between the two escalated to the point that Direk Andoy chose to skip the last shooting day of the afternoon soap than work with Kristine even for the last time.
"Yes, nagkaroon kami ng misunderstanding," acknowledged Direk Andoy in a taped interview with The Buzz, "but tapos na, e, di ba? So okay na, nag-move on na ako."
Direk Andoy, however, brushed off Dolly Anne's claim in her column, by saying, "Tinapos ko siya [Prinsesa ng Banyera] nang maayos. ‘Yong last taping day lang ng Banyera hindi ako naka-attend becaue of prior commitments pa, kasi extension na ‘yan, e. I've learned from it already."
The amiable director also clarified that the problem between him and Kristine stemmed from their common desire to make the show better—strictly professional and nothing personal.
"Hindi ako nakikipag-away kahit kanino. Ako ay sumusunod lang dahil ako ay trabahador din, so pareho naming gustong mapaganda 'yong Banyera. Iba lang ang take niya sa take ko na gusto kong gawin," said Ranay.
ONE-SIDED HEARSAY? ABS-CBN's Star Magic accused Dolly Anne of being unfair by not even bothering to get Kristine's side of the story. The articles, as observed by Star Magic, clearly favored Ranay.
Star Magic shielded Kristine's character by saying: "Kristine has in the past been a difficult actress because of her youth and inexperience, and she had always been a reluctant actress and star. But in recent times, she has shown a certain maturity borne out of experience and wisdom and has exerted professionalism to a high degree."
Star Magic also issued a call to all the entertainment reporters by reminding them about their responsibility to be fair at all times, particularly to their subjects.
"We believe in a free often-rambunctious colorful showbiz press and that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Hopefully it will be an opinion formed by reasonable inquiry and not one-sided hearsay."
In a text message she forwarded to The Buzz, Dolly Anne stressed that she has no personal vendetta against Kristine, nor does she harbor any desire to discredit the young actress before the public.
Dolly Anne pointed out: "As a star, it's Kristine's prerogative to deny. As a writer, I'm duty bound to my readers to write the truth. I have nothing against Tin-Tin. Hope she'll consider my item about her and direk Andoy a wakeup call. Her attitude problem is already an open secret in the industry. Perhaps it's just a phase she's going through. As her show comes to an end, may the controversies hounding her die with it too."