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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  • Comments On José Enrique Gomez

    TV character La Comay from WAPA TV's "Super Exclusivo" sparked a wave of criticism resulting in a boycott when she implied publicist José Enrique Gomez was responsible for his own death. Gomez died on November 30 after being robbed, beaten and burned alive.

  • Homophobic Comments

    Hector Travieso, La Comay's sidekick, constantly uses the word "pato," a derogatory word towards a gay male person roughly equivalent to the English word "faggot." "Say "pato," "farifo," or gay, is just for fun... We tolerate that you guys have partners, live, adopt children ... but if we accept that, why are you intolerant and can't tolerate a joke," Travieso said in a radio interview. "I think that what really causes suicide is a homosexual telling his father, who thinks he has a male son, 'Daddy, I am "pato"(faggot)', and I tell you straight to your face," he added.

  • Defamers Comments

    Kobbo Santarrosa, creator of "Super Exclusivo's" character La Comay, made​​ public a list of people who he thought should "come out of the closet" and reveal their sexual orientation. "Here we mentioned those that had to come out ..." said the puppet. "The world is heterosexual, homosexuality is an accident ... it is not something accepted ... we can not share those ideas," said Hector Travieso.

  • Racist Comments

    Kobbo Santarrosa's La Comay, and former soap opera actor, Héctor Travieso, joke and make comparisons between a monkey and a black person. "You are my friend, I recommend you not to go to Guayama because they will lock you and do experiments with you," said Travieso while showing a picture of a black man and referring to a new research center located in the town of Guayama, south of the island, where monkeys are kept for scientific purposes.

  • Malicious Comments

    The "Super Exclusivo" show reports and laughs at businesswoman Magaly Febles' personal misfortunes. "You come here to enjoy this .." said Febles. To which the show's reporter answers on a sarcastic way, "Things are going very bad for you and you could not afford the house?"

  • Comments Against Ricky Martin

    "Now Ricky Martin is no longer a man, now is a lady, a bird ..." said WAPA's gossip character La Comay, after singer Ricky Martin made his sexual orientation public.


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  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

    Puerto Rican singer and actor Ricky Martin.

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

    Puerto Rican singer and TV host, Johnny Lozada.

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

    Puerto Rican salsa singer, Victor Manuelle.

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

    Puerto Rican human rights activist, Pedro Julio Serrano.

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)

  • Todos Somos José Enrique (We are all José Enrique)