To no surprise, Aof comes out

Art March 12, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Pongsak “Aof” Rattanaphong has set a fine example for other closeted gay celebrities in the straightforward way he came out this weekend on NineEntertainment TV. He was reluctant for a while, he admits, but he was always sure his fans knew. 
“Who didn’t know I was in the closet? No one,” he says. “But I think coming out will let my fans trust me more and make me more accessible to them. Now there are no doubts about me.” And now his fans can judge him solely for his work, he adds. 
“I have no one special yet,” he said when quizzed about romance. “My kind of man? Just a good person, I guess. Frankly, I enjoy making money. It’s okay if someone comes along and doesn’t obstruct my plans, I but if I had to choose, I’d choose the money!”
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After three years of hosting his “Chao Doo Woody” morning show on Modernine, Vuthithorn “Woody” Militachinda yesterday announced he’s packing it in. 
“Our team has been discussing this for over a month because we thought it was about time to call it quits,” he said. They questioned its quality on their own, under no pressure from the TV station or viewer ratings. 
“Don’t be sad, because we’ll have a new show to entertain you guys,” he promised viewers, airing a teaser clip. “The new hosting team will surely spice up your life because they combine all the qualities – beautiful, witty and funny.”
Co-host Chalermpol “Jack” Tikumpornteerawong was visibly relieved, having just “joked” about losing his job, but Woody reassured everyone that Jack and Sumonthip “Gubgib” Lueng-uthai would still be around with the new show. 
“The rest remains a secret, and I can’t say yet when this show goes off the air, but it’s very soon,” Woody said. Not a bad way to keep its ratings up until then. As for the title of the new show, let’s see if Woody is bold enough to try one without his name in it.