Joey de Leon defends Ricky Lo's Hathaway interview

By Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jan 26 2013 06:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2013 02:51 AM

Lo tells netizens: 'Peace be with you'

MANILA, Philippines – Joey de Leon came to the defense of his talk show co-host Ricky Lo on Saturday, following the recent controversy involving the entertainment journalist's interview with Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway.

During the Saturday episode of the showbiz talk show "Startalk", Lo spoke for the first time on live television regarding his interview with the American actress.

Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway and talk show host Ricky Lo 

De Leon, who stood beside Lo, addressed the veteran journalist, saying, "Alam mo Ricky, mabait ka eh. Kung ako 'yun, bebweltahan ko 'yon."

The comedian-host added, in jest, "'Nagpa-interview ka pa. Ang bruhang 'to, nagpa-interview pa. Dumayo ka pa dito sa Japan, kay layu-layo, tapos 'yan ang isasagot mo?'"

Last week, the video of the interview went viral online, moments after it was uploaded by the Philippine Star.

Hathaway, who portrays Fantine in the film "Les Misérables", is seen in the video refusing to answer a number of Lo's questions.

Some netizens called the interview "awkward" and "painful to watch." Others noted the apparent "cultural" differences in the interview, which may have mismatched expectations from both sides.

"Mga kaibigan, dalawa ang side diyan," de Leon said on Saturday. "May mga naliliitan sa'yo (addressing Lo), may mga natutuwa sa'yo, may mga kampi sa'yo."

Referring to criticisms directed at Lo following the interview's circulation, de Leon said, "Si Anne Hathaway po ay isa lang sa more or less 200 Hollywood stars [na nakapanayam ni Ricky]. May ikinukumpara pa sa'yong iba, mas matalino, naka-200 na kaya 'yon?"

For his part, Lo echoed his own sentiments on the controversy, as he had already shared through his column on the Philippine Star.

On Saturday, the entertainment columnist said he understood Hathaway's behavior during the interview. "Palagay ko na-jetlag [siya]. Kasi from [Los Angeles], nag-flight siya to Tokyo," he said.

When asked to recall his interaction with "nicer" interviewees, Lo said his interviews with actor Will Smith were particularly memorable. Lo also mentioned American action star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, Hollywood actresses Catherine Zeta-Jones, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, and recording artist Jennifer Lopez.

If given the chance to interview Hathaway again -- Lo first sat down with the actress in 2004 for "The Princess Diaries" -- the entertainment journalist reiterated he would still be most willing. "By all means, anytime. Hi, Anne! [It's] part of my job," he said.

Lo also addressed netizens who shared their opinion on the interview: "Sa lahat ng nag-ano sa 'kin sa internet, pros and cons, peace be with you."