Rochelle Pangilinan admitted that she had regretted the decision of her former girl group SexBomb to leave Eat Bulaga because of the conflict between their talent manager Joy Cancio and a former producer of the noontime show.
It can be recalled that in 2011, the said girl group decided to leave Eat Bulaga as their support to their talent manager, ending their 12 years of stay in the longest-running noontime show.
In an interview with Nelson Canlas, Rochelle said that her first plan was to ignore the issue, but in the end, they decided not to report to Eat Bulaga, which resulted in their removal.
According to her, she chose between Eat Bulaga and Cancio.
At first, they had already decided to report to Eat Bulaga, but Cancio called them, which made them change their plans.
“Sinusunod nila ako noong mga panahon na ‘yon kung ano ang magiging desisyon namin bilang ate. Ako, firm ako roon sa desisyon ko na, ‘Hindi, a-attend tayo.’ So nag-meeting kami na alam ko somewhere in Timog.” she narrated.
“Kasi ‘yung iba gusto na umuwi, ‘di ba, ganu’n ang SexBomb, ayaw na napapa-involve sa mga ganyan. ‘So uwi na lang kami ate, kasi baka kapag um-attend naman tayo pagalitan tayo sa Eat Bulaga’.
“Baka kapag um-attend tayo papagalitan tayo ni Ate Joy, kapag hindi naman tayo um-attend magagalit ang Eat Bulaga, uwi na lang kami, mag-absent na lang kami today.
“Tumawag si Lola tapos umiiyak na ‘Ano sa tingin niyo?’ E, siyempre naawa si ano… kami, kaya ‘di hindi na rin kami um-attend.
Rochelle said that until now, they’re still clueless about what really happened between Cancio and the former Eat Bulaga producer.
She wished that they had kept their professionalism during that time.
“Dapat naging professional pa rin kami. Siguro hindi sumama loob sa amin ng side ng Eat Bulaga, ‘yung ganu’n ang feeling. Kasi for sure sumama ang loob nila sa amin after that incident.” Rochelle stated.
“Kung sakaling may magtanong talaga sa akin kung ano ‘yung babalikan ko sa buhay ko na babaguhin ko, ito ‘yung part na ito. Kasi ang feeling ko noon, nawalan ako ng paglaban sa buhay, hindi ako nag-decide. Na puwede naman kaming mag-decide at that time. Feeling ko lang natalo,” she added.
SexBomb rose to fame after being part of Eat Bulaga and even became the Best-Selling Philippine Female Group of All Time.
They also gained popularity in Asia before the rise of K-Pop.