Willie cut ties with ABS-CBN

PNS — WILLIE Revillame held a presscon with Atty. Ferdie Domingo and Atty. Nards de Vera to clarify issues about him and ABS-CBN. “Three months akong nawala,” he says. “Pinag-isipan ko itong mabuti, ipinagdasal ko and talked about it with my family, friends and lawyers.

“Nagpaalam na ako sa ABS at tinatapos ko na ang kontrata ko sa kanila na dapat hanggang September, 2011 pa dahil sa treatment nila sa’kin. In May, sumulat na ako, nagpapa-release ako sa contract sa kanila, sabi nila, hindi puwede. Magpahinga muna raw ako. Una kong meeting kay Linggit Tan (ABS exec) noong July 10 sa bahay ko sa Tagaytay, napagkasunduang babalik na ako sa Wowowee on July 31, so nagbigay ako ng inputs para sa pagbabalik ko. On July 13, I met naman with Ma’am Charo Santos at kinumpirma niyang babalik na ako at sabi pa niya, galingan mo, ha. So nag-meet na ako with the staff para pagplanuhan ang pagbabalik ko. But on July 20, nakipag-meet uli sa’kin si Linggit Tan. Hindi na raw ako babalik sa Wowowee at okay raw ba sa’kin a once a week show sa Studio 23. Sabi ko, nagsara na tayo. Napakasakit ng sinasabi mo sa’kin. Marami pa raw ayaw na bumalik ako sa Wowowee. Binuhos ko ang buong buhay ko sa Wowowee. Napabayaan ko’ng sarili ko. Ang gusto ko lang, magpasaya ng tao sa araw-araw kaya nagpapaalam na ko sa ABS.”

What if ABS sues him? “At this moment, there’s no more contract as Willie has decided to rescind it based on legal grounds with the way he was treated which were not according to the terms of their contract,” says Atty. Domingo. “If they’d file case, then we’re prepared to face them and Willie has to defend himself, but we’re hoping there’ll be no lawsuits anymore.”

Is it true Willie made demands that led ABS to change its mind, like ousting Pokwang? “Ang demand ko, mawala silang lahat as we want to have a new show. I want to give break to others na puwedeng mag-host.”

It’s said ABS exec Cory Vidanes didn’t like him to return? “Ma’am Charo said masama’ng loob ni Ms. Cory sa’kin. Siguro may tampo siya kasi sinabi ko sa sulat ko na wala siyang ginawa about my request kay Jobert Sucaldito. Wala kaming away. Hindi ko alam kung ba’t nagkaganun. Pero hindi ko pinepersonal ‘yun. Dapat, ang isipin na lang natin kung paano tayo makakapadulot ng saya sa tao.”

Can Willie now do shows with other stations? “He can and if they don’t want it, they can file an injunction, but this is unlikely as it will be heard in court and I’m sure they’ll listen to Willie’s reasons.”

Can he move Wowowee to other stations? “No,” says Willie. “Sa kanila ‘yun. Kung ako ng magpo-produce ng show, gusto ko walang limitasyon sa prizes. I’ve talked to sponsors and they’re willing to give 12 house and lots.”

Is there an offer from another network? “Meron, but I haven’t decided yet to talk to them.”

What can he say about Kris Aquino replacing him? “Wala akong sama ng loob. It was just offered to her.”

Any comment about the new show, Pilipinas Win na Win? “None. Hindi naman ako nanonood nun.”