Television host Toni Gonzaga
MANILA – Television host Toni Gonzaga finally broke her silence amid online speculations that the latest season of “Pinoy Big Brother” is all scripted.
In an interview with “Buzz ng Bayan” aired on Sunday, Gonzaga said there is no truth to such rumors because the housemates definitely went through the audition process.
“Definitely nag-audition. Sa Araneta may nakuha silang tatlo, sabi ni Direk Lauren (Dyogi). Tapos sa ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas, may nakuha din sila,” she said.
Gonzaga said this rumor is not new to them because they have been plagued with this kind of criticism since the reality show’s very first season.
“Sanay na kami sa ‘PBB.’ Season 1 pa lang, wala pang social media noon, sangkaterbang e-mail na ang nakuha namin noon na scripted, haters, bashers. Pero I love the environment here sa ‘PBB’ because we welcome all of it. We welcome all of them. Lalo na ngayon, ‘All In.’ Okay lang sa amin lahat dito 'yun,” she said.
Gonzaga said what’s important is that Kapamilya viewers still continue to watch "PBB."
“Kasi even if they bash the show, even if they say a lot of things about the show, interested pa rin naman sila manood kahit paano,” she said.
Asked if she has any message to loyal viewers of PBB, Gonzaga said, “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga Kapamilya na tumutok, nag-abang at na-miss ang ‘PBB.’ Maraming salamat po sa mainit na pagtanggap at sa ratings po na nakukuha namin every night.”
Meanwhile, Gonzaga shared that she and her parents miss her younger sister, Alex, every day. Alex, who was originally a co-host of "PBB," is the reality show’s celebrity house guest this season.
“Parang 'yung TV namin hindi na pinapatay, sa 24/7 live stream, binabantayan siya. Kaya lang kahit anong bantay, wala naman silang magawa. Pero so far ganun naman si Catherine (Alex’s real name), kung ano ang ginagawa niya sa loob, ganun talaga siya,” she said.
According to Gonzaga, she cannot wait for Alex to get out of the PBB house so they could spend time together again.
“Parang naninibago ako na walang kumakanta sa kabilang kwarto. Walang maingay, walang kakatok sa kwarto ko. Kapag natutulog ako, walang gigising sa akin. Walang magku-kwento sa nangyari buong day. Kung ako lang talaga, gusto ko na siya lumabas kasi nahihirapan na ako sa bahay,” she said.
Noting that this is the longest time that they have been apart without any form of communication, Gonzaga is hoping she could reunite with her sister soon.
“Kami naman ang nakaka-miss sa housemate namin. Tingin ko rin, bago mag-start ang ‘The Voice,’ sana lumabas na siya. Or kung hindi siya lalabas, pwede ko naman siya palitan,” she said in jest.
The younger Gonzaga is one of the hosts of the kids’ edition of “The Voice of the Philippines” along with Luis Manzano.