December 6, 2013
Susana Giménez : ‘I felt belittled by Telefe’
Local diva speaks after her show was suspended over Maradona meltdown
Susana Giménez said she felt “belittled” by Telefe officials after her show was taken off air on Monday. She was supposed to interview Maradona that night and make peace with the soccer star after a bitter meltdown. “I took the show off air because I felt belittled. I had arranged to have Maradona as a guest that night and then I was told it wasn’t going to happen. And I said: Why not? This is unprofessional,” Susana told reporters yesterday.
The meltdown between Giménez and Maradona started more than a month ago, when the soccer star sued the diva over the appearance of his nine-month old son Diego Fernando in her show at Telefe. Maradona complained personal information about his son was released during the diva’s interview with Verónica Ojeda, the little boy’s mother.
Susana’s Monday show was suspended and replaced by a film after network officials decided not to allow Maradona on the air before he drops the suit against the channel.
“I haven’t spoken to Diego but I know he sent me flowers at home. From my point of view, the situation wasn’t all that bad, never mind how peculiar Diego can be. Sometimes he gets upset over who knows what. I approached him to talk, to put an end to this,” Susana said.
“What am I going to tell Diego? That I’m sorry for what happened with the show but I had nothing to do with that. When I said Diego was dead for me, I was upset. He’s dropped his suit now,” she told reporters. As to her future with Telefe, Susana said she was “very professional” and would never have behaved so, “but there’s a limit for everything.” She said she would keep on doing the show: “This is just something that happened. It’s in the past. I just wanted to make that clear,” Susana added.
— Herald staff with Télam