Published: Sunday 13 August, 2017

Vice Ganda Forced to Apologize to Tony Calvento After His Insulting Joke

Journalist Tony Calvento threatened to sue It’s Showtime and file criminal charges against Vice Ganda after an ‘insulting’ Tony Calvento joke. The result: Vice Ganda was forced to issue a public apology.

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Vice Ganda makes public apology after Tony Calvento joke.

The Tony Calvento joke ocurred on Friday, August 11, on It’s Showtime during the Tawag ng Tanghalan segment. Vice Ganda was giving some advice to TNT contestant John Mark Saga, who admitted having confidence issues due to his appearance.

“Never be ashamed of your face. Yang mukha mo, ikaw ‘yan at maraming pagdadalhan ang mukhang ‘yan,” Vice Ganda told him.

“That is a gift… your face. Kahit gaano kalaki ‘yan, kahit kamukha mo si Tony Calvento, mukha mo ‘yan kaya dapat proud ka,” the comedian added.

After threatening to sue It’s Showtime and Vice Ganda, Tony Calvento said on Facebook that the comedian called him up to apologize. However, he demanded a public apology. The following is Vice Ganda’s apology as read on It’s Showtime on Saturday:

‘Nais ko pong humingi ng paumanhin kay Mr. Tony Calvento sa pag kakabanggit ko ng kanyang pangalan sa interview ng isang semifinalist ng Tawag ng Tanghalan kahapon. ��Wala po akong intensyon na saktan or insultuhin kayo Mr. Calvento. Ang tanging intensyon ko ay magbigay ng payo sa aming contestant na magtiwala sa sarili at sa kanyang kakayahan.��Again, my sincerest apologies, Mr. Tony Calvento. Malaki po ang respeto ko sa inyo bilang isang journalist, kaibigan at kapamilya.’