Is a word war brewing in show business? Director Andoy Ranay ruffled some feathers after he made a comment about artists remaining loyal to ABS-CBN after a number of artists from the Kapamilya network moved to GMA-7. This, a year after ABS-CBN lost its franchise.
At a press conference for an online mini-series earlier this week, Ranay commented on former ABS-CBN stars and employees who switched networks, saying he is optimistic he would still get to work with them again. He added that ABS-CBN produces “quality, world-class content” even without a franchise.
“So, aanhin mo ang franchise kung basura naman 'yung trabaho?” Ranay was quoted as saying. He did not mention any specific TV network, but many took his comment as a shade at GMA-7.
This did not sit well with Suzette Doctolero, GMA headwriter and creative consultant. She responded to Ranay’s comment by saying that local television networks are yet to achieve “world-class” quality in terms of production.
"Sa totoo lang, at pagpapaka-totoo lang, hindi pa natin (lahat ng network, walang prangkisa at meron) naaabot ang world-class. Ang babaw ng pamantayan kung world-class na ang taguri sa mga show na pinroduced abroad… pero same same na kwento,” Doctolero wrote.
She added, “Hindi world-class yun. Magaling lang sa promo, at pinaniniwala kayo na sila ay world-class pero same same content at mold.”
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Jaclyn Jose also clapped back at Ranay in an Instagram post on Wednesday, July 14. The post is a photo of actor Brad Pitt with the quote, "I don't fear the enemy who may attack me, I fear the fake friend who will still hug me."
Her caption for the photo reads: "Ang lungkot lang mula pag pasok ng crew, set up tent hanggang sa pag dating ng mga artista [na] nagkukumahog to be ready, sa set up ng DOP (Director of Photography), set designer, huhugot ang mga artista para ready at all times, maayos trabaho."
"Pagod pero masaya kasi alam namin nakagawa kami ng relevant scene for a day, pinag-iisipan ng lahat kung ano ba ibibigay per sequence.
"Lahat nagta-trabaho, walang hanggang trabaho. Lahat [ng] ginawa ko [ay] pinagtrabahuhan ko, pinag-isipan ko, kahit ano pagod ginagawa namin makapagbigay ng maganda programa na hindi (BASURA)."
Ranay is yet to respond to both Doctolero and Jose.
Banner photo from Instagram/Jaclyn Jose, Andoy Ranay