After refusing to comment about the issue a few weeks back, Bridges star Jericho Rosales finally confirmed that John Lloyd Cruz will not be joining their project.
"Of course, I'm very, very sad but I understand certain things, very important details I can't mention. Pero, of course, the opportunity. I'm talking about 'yung oportunidad na makatrabaho si John Lloyd, hindi ba? Maraming tao ang nalungkot," Jericho told reporters on Tuesday after the press conference of 2014 Cinema One Originals Festivals.
Noting that John Lloyd has “valid reasons,” Jericho stressed that he respects the former’s decision. “I respect the guy so much. It's just a project. Actors have the right to say yes, the right to say no. It depends kung ano ang sitwasyon at panahon," he said.
Jericho even pointed out that he had also turned down many projects in the past and that “Some people say na sayang 'yung project, bakit mo pinakawalan mga ganoon. But I have my reasons and I'm happy now and I'm doing this."
When rumors about John Lloyd’s withdrawal from the soap began making the rounds, speculations as to who could be his replacement also arose. To end the guessing, Jericho revealed that he heard that it was Xian Lim who was tapped to take on the role.
“Xian kasi approached me and said, 'You know excited ako na makatrabaho ka it's an honor' sinabi niya pang ganoon," he recalled.
Yet despite finding a replacement actor, the 35-year-old star related that their taping is currently put on hold following the consecutive holidays. "Medyo naka-pause kami ngayon, on hold kami ngayon, kung 'yun ang gusto niyong malaman. But Xian expressed his excitement and I heard he's been working hard on the role. So para sa akin as an actor I will give you my support," he explained.
Jericho will also share the screen with his former The Legal Wife co-star Maja Salvador. The Red actor said, "Very excited kasi si Maja na naman ang kasama ko alam mo naman kung gaano kakalog at kagaling 'yon. At direk Dado Lumibao at 'yung gumawa ng The Legal Wife, same team.”