'Laura' plug pulled over fake guests scandal
MEXICO CITY — One-time Telemundo talkshow star Laura Bozzo is in trouble again.
The so-called Jerry Springer of Peru, who once ruled daytime TV on NBC U’s Spanish-language web, pulled the plug on her 5-month-old talker “Laura: En accion” on Tuesday amid a scandal over fake guests.
Produced by Peruvian broadcaster America TV and distributed by Mexican conglom Televisa, the show featured guests with personal problems, frequently involving infidelity, that often devolved into brawls.
Now ten former panelists have accused the show of hiring them to perform from a script, according to local media.
The show was similar to Bozzo’s highly popular “Laura en America,” which ran from 2000 to 2006 on Telemundo.
She and the web parted ways due to political scandal and corruption charges stemming back to 2000. Bozzo, who was under house arrest in her studio for some time, allegedly received $3 million from Peru’s disgraced former national security adviser Vladimiro Montesinos during the downfall of President Alberto Fujimori in 2000.
Media reports hint Bozzo will head to Mexico or Argentina to look for work. Speaking on her departure, Bozzo said, “There is a vendetta against me.”