Mariel Rodriguez saddened by Roxanne Guinoo's exit from "Wowowee"


Mariel Rodriguez (left) regrets Roxanne Guinoo's (inset, bottom) exit from Wowowee but hopes she'll return, if possible. Valerie Concepcion (inset, top) appeared on the show as guest co-host.


Saturdays will become busier for Mariel Rodriguez starting on August 7. The bubbly host will have two afternoon shows on ABS-CBN, her existing stint in Wowowee and her new showbiz talk show Entertainment Live.

"Bago mag-end ang Wowowee, tatakbo na ako sa [Entertainment Live] studio!" said Mariel at the presscon of her new show earlier this afternoon, August 2.

Mariel will be hosting the new show with her Pinoy Big Brother co-hosts Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzales. Entertainment Live will count down the Top 10 entertainment news of the week, like the Hollywood show The Daily 10.

"Di ba, parang ang fun niya, 'no? Ako nag-e-enjoy na ako ngayon, the thought of it pa lang. When they told me about it, parang alam ko nang mag-e-enjoy ako sa show na ito. Kaya nga exciting kasi iba siya, tsaka ako aminado naman ako na may pagka-chismosa ako. At least ngayon, ako na ang magbabalita ng chismis sa kanila," said Mariel.

ROXANNE GUINOO. The new show is a welcome blessing for the TV host, especially now that stars are losing projects and transferring to other networks. Just two days ago, Mariel's co-host, Roxanne Gunioo, was axed from Wowowee. Roxanne was taken out of the show, reports said, because the management noticed that she couldn't handle the schedule and stress of her soap Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?.

"I'm sad. I mean, I was surprised, but I'm very happy for her," said Mariel about Roxanne's exit.

"Naiintindihan ko naman kung bakit dahil Rox is doing great! Napanood n'yo na ba siya sa Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?. In-extend na naman ang show nila! Kaya naiintindihan ko kung bakit they have to work harder, and why the management had to pull her out."

Mariel also refuses to listen to speculations that there are other reasons Roxanne was taken out of the show.

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"Hindi ko na inalam. Basta for me, I wish Rox the best, at saka kung puwede siyang bumalik, bumalik siya," she said with a smile.

VALERIE CONCEPCION. Yesterday, August 1, Valerie Concepcion—one of Becky Aguila's talents—appeared in Wowowee as a guest host.

"Valerie is okay... Pero okay naman siya. Mabilis siya mag-pick-up," commented Mariel.

She clarified, "She's not the replacement. Wala pang ganoon so far."

Mariel added that she is open to helping Valerie.

"Nasanay na ako. Ganoon naman sila. Nagugulat na lang ako, may bago na akong kasama. It's okay. ‘Yong ginagawa ko lang naman sa kanya, ginagawa ko sa lahat. That's what Janelle [Jamer] did to me," she said in closing.


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