ICYMI, "FORCE EVICT TJ" has been a trending topic on social media following the circulation of clips showing Pinoy Big Brother housemate TJ Valderrama's alleged inappropriate behavior towards fellow housemate Shanaia Gomez.
On November 22, the producers of PBB finally addressed the issue by releasing a statement on Twitter, saying, "Ang harassment ay isang bagay na hindi palalagpasin ni Kuya kailanman lalo na't kung ito ay may patunay."
However, they dismissed TJ's harassment allegations despite several instances when TJ was seen touching, hugging, and even kissing Shanaia on the cheek.
"Mismong mga housemates na ang nagsabi na walang anumang nagaganap na ganito sa loob ng bahay." They added, "Nawa'y mas maging mapanuri at responsable ang lahat sa social media at 'wag manghusga lalo na kung hindi sapat at tama ang konteksto at impormasyon."
Another tweet seemingly described the said incidents as proof of the "closeness" the housemates have developed inside the Big Brother house.
"Sa loob ng mahigit limang linggong pagsasama-sama ng mga celebrity housemates ay hindi maikakaila ang nabuo nilang samahan at pagiging natural na malapit sa isa’t isa."
Kuya continued by advising the housemates to set boundaries despite their close relationship.
"Maganda ang magpakita ng appreciation sa isa't-isa. Gusto ko lang sabihin na kayo ay mga public figures. Kung kailangan mag-set ng boundaries, gawin niyo."
Meanwhile, TJ's girlfriend Cherry Malaya has also broken her silence, asking netizens to stop the online 'bullying'.
She tweeted, "Alam niyo, 'di rin tama ang ginagawa ninyong paghusga at pagbu-bully kay TJ. Totoo, he has done me wrong. Pero nasa aming dalawa 'yon. Paglabas niya mag-uusap kami. 'Wag na kayo makisawsaw. Ang dami ninyong oras."
She also called out the show for the "damage" they did and expressed her desire to talk to TJ personally about the issue.
"The damage has already been done! There's no way you can fix this! At 'di ako makikipag-meet sa inyo. Si TJ lang ang kailangan kong makausap."