A non-showbiz source, who is a buddy to some young stars, revealed to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) the "other story" behind an alleged heated exchange of text messages between Cristine Reyes and RR Enriquez, which purportedly prodded the former to leave the ABS-CBN gag show Banana Split.
An earlier report in local tabloid Police File Tonite last June 16 claimed that the StarStruck alumna's departure from the comedy show was caused by a rift with the other female cast members, namely RR, Pokwang, and Angelica Panganiban.
In the article, the three ladies were unanimous in saying that Cristine has an attitude problem. There was one instance, according to them, when the younger sister of Ara Mina snapped at the show's executive producer: "Pabihisin niyo yung isa [Angelica], ba't ako ang pinabibihis niyo?"
Aside from the "attitude problem," the article also mentioned the young actress's use of a swear word in one text message to RR, and this was reported reason why the three ladies allegedly ganged up on Cristine.
But Cristine's camp has a different story.
First clarification: The peeved text message of the Eva Fonda star was only a reply to the hurtful message sent by RR. In short, the former Kapuso talent was provoked.
The source narrated, "Nung one time, nag-text daw si RR kay Cristine, ang narinig ko, parang [ang laman ng message]: 'Ayus-ayusin mo, magpakabait ka lagi, kasi bago ka lang dito... lagi mong tandaan, bago ka lang.'
"Actually parang may sinabi rin daw si RR kay Cristine na, 'Magpakabait ka kasi baka kunin ka na ni Lord.'"
The source said Cristine was so irked by the "kunin ka na ni Lord" line that she immediately sent RR a message that included the swear word "p*t*."
He added that the rest of the message had the phrases: "Tigilan mo na yung ginagawa mo sa akin, hindi ko naman hinihingi 'to" and "Kung ako sa 'yo, mananahimik na lang ako, kasi inggit lang 'yan."
With regard to the "hindi pagti-taping" issue mentioned in the same tabloid report, the story narrated by the source was totally different from the version of the three ladies.
Second clarification: When Cristine celebrated her birthday on the show last February, RR and Pokwang reportedly started giving her the cold shoulder.
When Cristine was given lead spots in the skits, this allegedly did not sit well with the two host-comediennes, especially that she just moved to ABS-CBN less than a year ago.
"Di daw alam ni Cristine kung parang mas pansin siya, kasi nung time na nag-birthday siya kaya binibigyan siya ng celebration. Ginagawa siyang frontliner, ginagawan siya ng magagandang exposure. Feeling daw siguro ni RR at saka ni Pokwang, left behind sila kasi mas special treatment yung binibigay kay Cristine," the source said.
Three months later, Cristine left the show because, according to the story that reached the PEP source, "Hindi na siya pinapansin ng crew sa last two tapings. Kahit si Angelica na dati niyang ka-close, parang naging cold sa kanya?"
PEP asked: Why? Was it the "attitude problem?"
The source continued, "Si RR, ang ginawa niya, ipinakita niya yung text ni Cristine kay direk Bobot Mortiz [Banana Split director]. Yun daw yung nakarating sa buong crew. Yung text niya kay RR ang nakarating kay Direk Bobot, hindi yung text ni RR sa kanya."
Before leaving the show, Cristine allegedly made an effort to clear the air with direk Bobot. "Pinakita niya rin yung text ni RR kay Direk Bobot 'tapos umalis na lang siya para walang gulo."
RR EXPLAINS HER SIDE. In an earlier interview with PEP, RR said she did not want to comment on the issue.
"For now, I don't want to comment about it hangga't hindi ko mismo naririnig sa bibig ni Cristine na ako ang sinisisi niya. Ayaw kong magsalita. Basta ang alam ko, my conscience is clear," said the Wowowee co-host.
She added, "Basta wala po kaming problema kay Cristine. Masaya kami na nagtatrabaho...And it's her decision na umalis, so let's all respect her na lang."
CRISTINE LEAVING ABS-CBN. Meanwhile, the source said that the incident also gave Cristine a good reason to leave the Kapamilya station for good.
So, when is she going to announce her impending return to GMA-7?
"Alam ko this week, magkakaroon sila ng [decision] sa meeting nila ni Veronique [del Rosario, Cristine's manager] and ABS-CBN executives," revealed the source.
The day she was set to return to GMA-7, the controversial actress also received ABS-CBN's offer, which entails another title role and a project tentatively dubbed Cristine Reyes presents...
But that's not to say the offer of GMA-7 is not equally enticing—a major role in a big project reportedly awaits her.
Anytime soon, Cristine is bound to make a decision. Let's all wait and see.