Another director has opted out of “Party Pilipinas.”
Director Rico Gutierrez, who formed part of the replacement team that took over the post that director Louie Ignacio vacated last year, has allegedly submitted his resignation papers to GMA SVP for Entertainment Wilma Galvante Thursday.
The report, published by Journal Online, confirmed Galvante's acceptance of the resignation but didn’t detail the reason for the move.
Prior to this, Gutierrez, via Twitter, announced that he will take a much-needed vacation from the show owing to a commitment concerning the musical “Wazak: A Love Story.”
It turned out that Gutierrez was actually intending for a permanent vacation. And although GMA is still mum on the matter as of this writing, many believe that Reyes will continue directing the show by his lonesome in the interim.
That said, Reyes' tenure on the show is also being speculated upon by many given the rumors that he'll be transferring to TV5 soon to helm the made-for-TV remake of “Bagets.”
Ignacio resigned from the show April of last year, citing stress among other reasons. A few days prior to his resignation, Ignacio was said to have also insinuated on wanting to go on a vacation -- which he got when GMA executives accepted his decision.
Speculations on the real reason for his doing so abound –with some deeming it the result of a “vendetta” of sorts. Ignacio himself confirmed this in subsequent interviews.
“There are many who are terribly envious of me,” he said in Filipino. “And they aren’t just ordinary people but other directors eager to helm ‘Party Pilipinas,’" he added without giving out names.
More than his perceived enemies from within the halls of the Kapuso network, the director lamented the lack of professionalism of some of the show’s hosts.
“They don’t want to rehearse. How could we make the show better [if they wouldn’t]? Not many know this, but it’s always the director who’s blamed for a show’s failings. Therein lies the mix-up.”
“Party Pilipinas,” started airing March of last year replacing “SOP: Fully Charged.” Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez host the show.