Beleaguered TV host Willie Revillame is not yet sure if he will still be returning to his noontime show “Wowowee” on ABS-CBN even after the thick of the campaign for this election concludes.

 

This was his pronouncement when we got to interview him briefly at the heavily guarded air-conditioned tent he was occupying at the Miting de Avance of his presidentiable Manny Villar late Friday evening at the  Manila Harbour Centre in Vitas, Tondo, Manila. The comedy king Dolphy was also there with him in the tent, along with Senator Villar and his children Camille and Mark.

“Hindi pa ako sigurado kung babalik pa ako. Hinihintay din ng management ang decision ko pero wala pa akong final as of now. Iniisip ko pa,” he said.

He also dispelled rumors that he will be transferring to another network. “I’m still under contract with ABS-CBN until 2011. Until then, I cannot even begin to entertain thoughts of moving to another network,” he said.

Willie just laughed when we told him that there is a perception that he only used the incident of Jobert Sucaldito to have time away from the show to attend all of Villar’s sorties.

“Hindi naman. Lagi naman akong nakakasama sa kanila sa mga campaign sorties. Hindi ko naman kailangang gumawa ng ganito para lang dun,” he said.

“Hindi madaling magdesisyon pero masyado na kasi akong nasaktan. May isang taon na rin kasi akong binabanatan sa diyaryo pero hindi naman ako kumikibo. Kaya lang nung ‘yong show na ang binanatan, nasaktan na ako. Alam naman ninyo sa ‘Wowowee’ binibigyan namin lahat ng pagkakataon, kahit nga mga batang hindi nag-aaral, may kapansanan, at mga batang hindi masyadong mataas ang naaabot sa iskuwela. Binibigyan lang natin ng konting kasiyahan tapos titirahin ka pa,” he lamented.

Willie maintains he is not mad at Jobert Sucaldito. “Hindi naman ako galit kay Jobert. Nasaktan lang ako para sa show ko. Hindi ko naman nga pinapansin ang mga sinusulat niya dati.”

Willie said he would gladly accept it should Jobert apologize to him, but he was non-committal in saying that even if that happens, he still is not sure whether he will still go back as host of the show.

He also said that he informed his “Wowowee” director and friend Johnny Manahan of his plan to talk about Jobert’s criticism before he went on air, who gave him the go signal.

He added that “Wowowee” has been his life for many years and that the show has grown so close to his heart especially because of the many travails he was able to overcome as its host, including the infamous stampede a couple of years back which killed nearly 80 people.

“Iyon lang ang pinanghihinayangan ko. Masyado ko nang minahal ang show. Marami na kaming pinagdaanan. Pero hindi naman kasi lahat pera pera,” he ended meaningfully. – Source: Manila Bulletin

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