Friday, October 17, 2008

The Buzz reacts to Cristy Fermin’s accusations of disrespect

The management of the showbiz-oriented show The Buzz said that they have properly informed controversial host-columnist Cristy Fermin about the appearance of Annabelle Rama and Nadia Montenegro in the show on two separate occasions. This is in response to Cristy's claim that the show was disrespectful of her twice, when Annabelle and Nadia appeared on The Buzz and commented against the controversial host. The Buzz management said that they make it a point to inform all the hosts (Boy Abunda, Ruffa Gutierrez and Cristy) about everything that will take place on the show prior to it’s live airing.

Two days after her suspension on ABS-CBN last October 15 as host for The Buzz and radio program Showbiz Mismo on DZMM, Cristy came out with her column in a tabloid, expressing her disappointment in The Buzz when Annabelle and Nadia appeared on the show (April 6 and September 28 respectively). The two gave no-holds barred interviews against the controversial TV host, who allegedly ruined their respective family's reputations.

Cristy's suspension was the result of her controversial statements on The Buzz last October 5, where she revealed that one of Nadia’s children is allegedly not fathered by her husband, former Caloocan Mayor Boy Asistio. Three days after her revelation, the management of ABS-CBN sent a memo to her and asked her to respond within 24 hours on why she should not be suspended. But after an intensive investigation, the management had hard evidence to carry out the suspension on Cristy.

Managing Director for TV production Cory Vidanes and business unit head Louie Andrada met with the host-columnist last October 15 to inform her about the management's decision to suspend her until the end of the year on grounds of violating some conditions in her contract.