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History repeats itself.

Four months after he said that depression is “gawa-gawa lang,” Eat Bulaga host and comedian Joey De Leon has made yet another controversial remark on the noontime show. This time, it’s about a woman who used to work as a prostitute.

In the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment of the show’s February 20 episode, the winner named Mary Jane shared that she was living in Panabo City, Davao when a neighbor promised to give her a decent job in Manila. She grabbed the opportunity in the hopes of helping her family but the job turned out to be prostitution.

When she gave birth to a child fathered by a “guest” or customer, she decided to quit the job. Mary Jane has since kept herself busy serving the church ministry, which changed her life for good. De Leon then asked the winner, “May naging guest ka bang taga-Eat Bulaga? Hindi, baka napasyal lang.” He later pertained to Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, who laughed with their fellow comedian while Paolo Ballesteros and Maine Mendoza did not respond.

Some netizens immediately took to social media to call out the 71-year-old for his statement.

“Another distasteful ‘joke’ from Joey De Leon. Kadiri,” one netizen tweeted.

“Then bukas, another public apology na naman gagawin ni Joey De Leon na kunwari kawawa siya at hindi niya intensyon ‘yon yada yada,” one tweet said.

“Kailan ka ba magbabago, Joey De Leon?” one tweet asked.

“How can someone still be hired as a TV personality after multiple incidents like this? Joey De Leon is literally the scummiest of them all. Instead of keeping his mouth shut, he makes retarded and offensive comments like this. Someone take him out of the industry. Please,” another netizen suggested.

“Ang bastos talaga ni Joey De Leon. Well, what do you expect from someone who raped Pepsi Paloma?” one netizen pointed out, pertaining to the comedian’s alleged involvement in the gang rape of Filipino-America actress Delia Smith, known to the public as Pepsi Paloma, in 1982.

“Tito Sotto, Joey De Leon, Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, and now, Anthony Taberna. [These are] media personalities who has blamed victims for the things they never wanted to happen to them. They were never punished for their statements, kaya nauulit ng nauulit,” another tweet said, referring to Umagang Kay Ganda host Anthony Taberna who recently said that women are at fault when they meet up and drink with men, pertaining to a gang-rape story he was reporting.

As of writing, De Leon has not responded to any of the reactions to his statement on the show.

Watch the full segment here:

Photo from Tempo

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