Vice Ganda apologizes to Maja for 'majarot' joke
MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Vice Ganda also apologized to actress Maja Salvador over a joke on the noontime show “It’s Showtime” last week.
Vice Ganda also defended co-host Anne Curtis, saying the actress was not conscious about the controversy surrounding Salvador for allegedly dating actor Gerald Anderson, the ex-boyfriend of her best friend and "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" co-star Kim Chiu.
On the January 23 episode of "It's Showtime", Curtis and the rest of the hosts were making fun of Vice Ganda for flirting with a member of the audience.
Vhong Navarro told the comedian: "Allan, Allandi mo."
Curtis then added: "Uy, hindi. Siya yata si Maja...Majarot ka!" with the word a play on the Tagalog term for wild.
After Curtis's joke, the term "majarot" became widely used on social media sites such as Twitter, with some netizens using it to make fun of Salvador.
Curtis apologized to Salvador on the Thursday episode of “It’s Showtime.”
In an interview with “The Buzz” that aired on Sunday, Vice Ganda also apologized for the joke.
“Hindi naman aware si Anne na may malaking issue kay Maja at hindi naman ginawa ‘yun ni Anne para gawing katatawanan si Maja. In fact, nang nalaman niya na may na-off doon sa joke, na kahit alam naman naming na di direkta kay Maja, nag-apologize na rin siya,” he said.
“Alam rin naman namin na ‘yung mga fans ni Maja, mahal na mahal siya pero mayroon din naman kasing ilan na OA ‘yung reaksyon na naawa din naman ako kay Anne kasi nabasa ko 'yung mga tweets kay Anne. Pinersonal din naman masyado si Anne na hindi naman pinersonal ni Anne si Maja.
“Gayunpaman nag-apologize si Anne at ako rin naman, kung mayroon na-offend, naga-apologize po kami. Gusto lang naming magpatawa. Kung meron man kaming ginawang pagpapatawa na hindi pasok sa taste ninyo, eh paumanhin po,” he said.
Vice Ganda explained that the sketch was a spoof of “Ina Kapatid Anak,” which is normally done in the noontime show.
“Siguro kaya nag-react din sila kasi may issue. Kung wala namang issue, hindi naman siguro sila magre-react na si Maja ‘yung tinutukoy kasi wala namang sinabi na Maja Salvador. Maja lang ‘yung term. At saka bago pa nagkaroon ng issue, biruan na ‘yung term na yon eh. Hindi naman si Maja ang tinutukoy sa biro na yon,” he said.
Vice Ganda also revealed that Curtis personally texted Salvador about the incident. Salvador, however, hasn’t replied to Curtis’s text message, according to the comedian.
“Pero feeling ko hindi naman sila magkaaway. Feeling ko hindi naman papatol si Maja,” Vice Ganda said.
The comedian said he is also confident that the incident will not damage his own relationship with Salvador, who is a favorite guest on his show “Gandang Gabi Vice.”
“Okay naman kami ni Maja. Love ko ‘yan si Maja,” he said.