Dancer-host Sugar Mercado was present during the launch of Ara Mina’s brand new make-up line Ara Colours at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City this morning, July 31. The original Sexbomb dancer is a friend of the actress-turned-businesswoman and was there to support her in her newest venture.
During the event, the Wowowin host sat down with pikapika.ph to clear the air about her legitimate status in the evening variety show that’s being hosted and produced by Willie Revillame. Was she officially terminated by Willie or not? She has not been seen in the show for three weeks now and she was also not part of his entourage when the TV host visited Singapore.
“Nagpahinga muna ako,” Sugar explained. “Kasi, diba three years na ako sa show? Medyo lumaki-laki na rin ’yong mga bata [ko] so nagpaalam muna ako kay Wil na focus muna ako sa kids tapos mag-wo-work pa rin ako.”
She remained thankful for those who have been seeing the effort she’s been putting on being a host for Wowowin and apologized for netizens on social media who have been clamoring for her return.
“Sa haba ng panahon sa Wowowin, nandoon ako, ’yong boses ko,” she said. “Thankful din ako na na-appreciate ninyo na mahusay akong mag-host. Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. ’Yon nga lang, medyo dumadating ’yong time na pumunta ka sa ibang mundo na iba naman, ganun.”
She then said that she will be returning to television soon but in a different platform, either in a teleserye or a variety show starring comedians.
When asked if Willie Revillame himself accepted her resignation, Sugar confirmed that he did and narrated the conversation between her and the Wowowin main host.
“Tinanong niya paano ’yong mga bata,” Mercado recalled. “Sabi ko, may pagkakakitaan naman [kasi] may business akong maliit, may online shop ako ngayon. ’Yong Pepper Closet...”
“Naiitindihan naman niya noong pinaliwanag ko na magpo-focus muna ako sa mga bata tapos mag ta-trabaho nalang ako teleserye,” she added, “Syempre, kailangan ko rin ng trabaho. Syempre kasi nga may dalawa akong anak, hindi naman ako pwede umupo na lang diyan sa tabi, diba?”
The mother of a 6 and a 4-year-old then clarified that Wowowin can still welcome her with open arms for a guest appearance and said she is in good terms with Willie.
“Okay na okay naman kami. Si Willie naman hindi naman mahirap kausap. Ang dami niyang natutulungan, hindi lang ako, so sobrang thankful ako sa kanya. Sobra.”
She, however, added that ‘Hipon Girl” Herlene Budol’s presence in the show had nothing to do with her resignation.
“Nag-abot kami. Love ko ’yon. Kailangan ko lang muna talagang mag-pokus muna sa mga bata,” pagtatapos ng single mom na si Sugar.
INTERVIEW BY: Anna Pingol
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