Vice Ganda leaving Ogie Diaz?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2011 04:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2011 03:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Is "Showtime" resident judge Vice Ganda turning his back on his longtime talent manager, Ogie Diaz?

After denying that he will leave his noontime talent show on TV, Vice Ganda also belied rumors that his talent-manager relationship with Diaz is on the rocks.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the comedian admitted that he and Diaz are having petty quarrels from time to time, yet reiterated that their friendship is strong enough to withstand their disagreements.

“Kahit saan naman, [ang] mag-ina, mag-ama, magkapatid, may mga pagkakataong hindi kayo nagkakasundo. Napakasinungaling ko naman 'pag sinabi kong magkasundo kami sa lahat ng pagkakataon. May mga pagkakataon kaming hindi nagkakasundo pero hindi kami nag-aaway,” he said.

When asked if he and Diaz are set to part ways, he replied: “Hindi. Noon ko pa sinabi iyan at mayroon kaming pangako sa isa't-isa na hindi kami mag-iiwanan. Magkaroon man ng anong klaseng pagbabago, magkaroon man ng maliit o malaking pagbabago sa buhay namin, hindi kami mag-iiwanan ni Ogie.”

The 34-year-old comedian also brushed off insinuations that Diaz has excessively intervened in his personal and love life.

“Hindi naman mina-manage. Bukod sa manager ko siya, best friend ko siya. Kasi ‘di ba, 'pag kaibigan, say ka naman talaga lagi, 'di ba?” he added.

No contract

Contrary to the usual talent-manager agreement, theirs has no binding written contract, said the gay comedian, whose real name is Jose Mari Viceral.

“Wala kaming kontrata. Hindi namin kailangan ng kontrata. Mas iba ‘yung kontrata ng puso at isipan sa kontrata na nililikha lang ng papel at ballpen,” said Vice Ganda.

Though he can freely get another talent manager without incurring any legal liability, the host-comedian said no offer can match his sincere friendship with Diaz.

“Si Ogie ay kasama ko noong nagsisimula pa lang ako at mas nanaig ang pagsasamahan namin kaysa sa maliit na pinag-aawayan namin. Napaka-minor lang ng hindi namin pinagkakaintindihan--'yung schedule, ‘yung mga gusto niya na hindi ko gusto, mga gusto ko na hindi niya gusto. Hindi ‘yun mananaig sa pinagsamahan namin, sa kabutihang nagawa niya sa 'kin, at sa kabutihang nagawa ko sa kanya.

Attitude problem

Vice Ganda, on the other hand, answered all allegations hurled against him.

It has been reported that Vice Ganda was snubbing small time projects and demanding extravagant talent fees to appear in a show.

The host-comedian defended himself: “Hindi rin ako ang naniningil sa raket. Si Ogie ang tanungin niyo. Hindi ako naniniwala sa sobrang singil. Magiging sobra lang ‘yung singil kapag hindi mo naibalik ‘yung tamang trabaho.”

Vice Ganda, instead of berating his critics, is looking forward to a better 2011 as he bared plans to do a new movie.

"Mas mag-pupursigi pa ako kasi ‘yung mga nangyari naman last year, ‘di ko naman plinano at ‘di ko in-expect. Siguro ‘yung dumating na biyaya last year na kusang binigay sa akin, pangangalagaan ko this year para ‘di naman masayang. ‘Di lang naman ako 'yung nagpagod dito. Marami ring tao ang nagpagod para mapuntahan ko kung nasaan ako ngayon,” he said.