MANILA - An emotional Cherie Gil apologized to Vice Ganda on "It's Showtime" on Thursday, more than a year after she publicly criticized the comedian over a segment in his past concert.
The veteran actress was one of three judges of "It's Showtime's" Magpasikat Week, a yearly tradition on the program where co-hosts showcase their talents in groups.
Vice Ganda, who teamed up with Ryan Bang, debuted his own composition about equality and acceptance, with children with special needs joining him in the emotional performance.
When it was Gil's turn to give her comments, she asked to be given time ample to share her thoughts not only about the number, but also about Vice Ganda.
After praising Vice Ganda for his "natural wit and intelligence" in the stand-up comedy portion of the number, Gil quoted lyrics from the comedian's new song about individual differences and judgment.
Gil agreed: "Nobody, not even I, ay may karapatang husgahan ang kahit na sino."
'Thank you, Vice Ganda'
Turning emotional, she went on to apologize to Vice Ganda for her reaction to the controversial segment in his May 2013 concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
At the time, Gil tweeted: "To Vice Ganda: you're one of those scums of the earth. Shame on the Filipinos who laugh at such insensitivity and tactlessness."
Gil said part of the reason she accepted the stint as a "hurado" was to get to know Vice Ganda, beyond the impression she has formed of him admittedly only out of hearsay.
"I realized that at the end of the day it all comes down to getting to know the person better and understanding every story that each person goes through. Today, I saw your authenticity and your honesty," she said, addressing Vice Ganda.
The actress, in tears, said the number also triggered her to re-assess what message she has imparted so far after 35 years as a public figure. "It is not [about] the image but the message we give to inspire people," she said.
"Thank you, Vice Ganda, so much for letting me get to know you today in the deepest, more real sense, in your most honest being, and for letting me get to know you as a person through that song," she said.
No more Vice Ganda on 'Showtime'?
Responding to Gil, Vice Ganda said there was never any need to apologize. He said he understood that it was her opinion and that he never let personal attacks affect him.
The comedian also became emotional as he talked about his absence from "It's Showtime" in the past weeks. He hinted that his Magpasikat performance will be his last, although he did not give any explanation as to why.
"Meron kasi akong pinagdadaanan na hindi ko naman puwede sabihin sa inyong lahat," he said.
Without giving any more explanation, Vice Ganda ended his emotional speech by thanking those who took part in the preparations, including those who helped put together his song.