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La Comay Quits: Kobbo Santarrosa, Puppeteer Behind 'SuperXclusivo' Resigns Following Controversy (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Jan. 9--A spokesperson for WAPA TV recently confirmed their show "SuperXclusivo" will no longer be a part of their programming. Antulio ‘Kobbo’ Santarrosa resigned from WAPA TV abruptly right before taping the show on Tuesday. See the full press release below:

Kobbo Santarosa has resigned from SuperXclusivo. Despite both parties having reached agreements regarding production of the show that would allow it to continue, Mr. Santarosa walked out yesterday [Tuesday] shortly before his show was scheduled to tape. He made this decision on his own without consulting WAPA management.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience or disruption that this has caused to our loyal viewers. We are grateful for the 14 years that Mr. Santarosa has been part of the WAPA family and we have supported Mr. Santarosa throughout his entire time with WAPA.

Since Mr. Santarosa’s contract was scheduled to end in March, 2013, we have been working on plans for an exciting new program, which we will announce shortly. We are confident that our viewers will share in our excitement.

Multiple Puerto Rican news sources reported on Tuesday that Antulio ‘Kobbo’ Santarrosa, the puppeteer behind “SuperXclusivo’s” La Comay, quit the show after refusing to accept new guidelines imposed by WAPA TV’s management.

Santarrosa’s decision comes following comments made exclusively to HuffPost Live by Jose Ramos, the television station’s president, stating that the show will no longer be aired live but would instead be pre-recorded, reviewed and edited before airing.

According to Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora, an unnamed source with close knowledge of the situation confirmed that Santarrosa quit Monday, but the station’s management did not accept his resignation. Tuesday's show was a rerun of the previous day, further generating speculation about the island’s most viewed TV program.

The station’s management is currently trying to persuade the puppeteer to renew his contract which expired on December 31st of last year, but no further information has been disclosed, said El Nuevo Día.

Transmitted on primetime during weekdays, the popular gossip show recently faced a boycott spurred by social media groups after comments made by Santarrosa implied that publicist José Enrique Gomez Saladín -- whose brutal murder sparked a movement against violence on the island -- was responsible for his own death. The movement influenced several advertisers to pull their ads from the show decreasing its revenue.

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