Mariel Rodriguez finally comes face-to-face with Valerie Concepcion to give light to the supposed buzz that Mariel is "irritated" with her Wowowee co-host. The face-off hapepend in Entertainment Live earlier today, September 8.
Write-ups about the two co-hosts of Willie Revillame circulated in the papers and on the web saying that the competition between them started when Mariel intentionally cut-off Valerie during their segment in Wowowee. Things also started to heat up as Valerie would also do things to take Mariel out of the picture, like fill in Mariel's spiels just as the latter was about to say them. The gap between Mariel and Valerie was said to have widened owing to the issues revolving around them and the news that Mariel wanted Valerie out of the show.
Valerie, who was a former Kapuso star, joined Wowowee just last month. She started as a guest co-host but was later made a regular replacing Roxanne Guinoo.
"Kasi I think the reason why people are saying those things is because sa lahat naman they say na hindi ako okay. Like kami ni Janelle [Jamer], hindi okay. Kami ni Roxanne, hindi rin okay," Mariel reasoned out. Janelle and Roxanne were Mariel's former Wowowee co-hosts.
Mariel continued, "Si Toni [Gonzaga, Mariel's co-host in Pinoy Big Brother and Entertainment Live] kesyo spiels ang inagaw ko, yung spiels inagaw ko, kung anu-ano. Pero really, I mean, I don't understand why things like that happen.
"Valerie and I are friends, Janelle and I are friends, Roxanne and I until now we still text; duh! Toni and I are friends. You know what I mean? And so with that, I think that maybe, kasi ‘yon na lang lagi or wala nang ibang masabi, so ‘yon na lang."
Valerie concurred with Mariel's statement. "Yung sinasabi nila na inaagawan ko daw ng spiel si Ate M [Mariel], actually siya yung nagsasabi sa akin na ‘Uy, ikaw na magsabi niyan, ha,'" says Valerie.
Mariel butted in: "I don't care if I have two exposures of whatever. Hindi ako ganun [scene stealer]. I'm like ‘Ikaw, na, ikaw na.' I'm thankful na may bagong co-host kasi mamamatay ako kung mag-isa lang ako, di ba?"
Mariel also related how sad she really was when Roxanne left the show since it was unexpected. The bubbly TV host explained that with her emotional build-up with co-hosts, she was truly hurt when Roxanne suddenly left.
"Unlike kay Janelle, I knew she was gonna leave, but with Roxanne, bigla ka na lang iiwan," Mariel said.
For Mariel, it felt like she was assuming that every new co-host might leave her.
But for Valerie, Mariel has nothing but praise.
"I was never mean to Val, never," Mariel firmly said. "I will never do that to her because you know what, sa kanilang tatlo na nakasama ko sa Wowowee—and I told Janelle that—ito [Valerie] ang mabait sa kanilang lahat. Never pa siya nagpakita ng sama ng loob, sama ng ugali at never siyang nag-tantrum. Lagi siyang masaya, she's like ‘Pagod na ako. Hahaha!' Tawa pa rin siya. So you cannot say anything bad about Valerie."