Vice Ganda on Wednesday has apologized to broadcast journalist Jessica Soho for the joke which Soho considers offensive.
But it appears that Soho is cool to the comedian’s apology.
“Tao lang po ako, nagkakamali (I’m only human, I commit mistakes),” Vice said on his noontime variety show, Showtime.
He admitted he offended Soho with his joke about gang rape.
He said he sought the advice of ABS-CBN executives including Cory Vidanes be deciding to call Soho on Wednesday morning.
“I wholeheartedly want to express my apology. I can post in on Twitter, Facebook or I can be interviewed, but as much as possible I don’t want to go public on it because it’s so plastic. So I called Ms. Jessica Soho,” Vice said.
The moment someone picked up the phone, he knew it was Soho on the other line. He said when he introduced, Soho replied, “Hindi maganda ang timpla ko ngayon (I’m not in the mood now).”
Vice asked the GMA news anchor when is the best time to call her again. But Soho only replied, “I don’t think so.”
Vice said he accepts that Soho might still be hurting, and that what he could offer is a public apology.
“Iyon ay isang biro na maaring sa inyo ay hindi magandang biro . . . at nasaktan ko po kayo talaga, humihingi po ako ng paumanhin, patawad po (It was a joke that to you was a bad joke, and I hurt you terribly. So I’m apologizing),” he said.
He said it was not his intention to make fun of rape victims. “I know it’s a serious issue,” he said.
He then pleaded to the public to put the issue behind them.
In an official statement, Soho, who is the vice president for News Programs of GMA, said rape “is not a joke and should never be a material for a comedy concert.”
The Manila Times learned from a reliable source that GMA executives had seriously considered suing the comedian, a very influential showbiz celebrity talked them out of it.