willie revillame returns to wowowee
Willie makes triumphant return to ‘Wowowee’
MANILA – Six weeks after going on indefinite leave from the show, controversial TV host Willie Revillame returned to his top-rating noontime show “Wowowee” Monday to a grand “Will-come back” party.
Some fans and supporters and “Wowowee” staff wore red and white shirts with “We love you, Willie” and “Will-come back” messages.
When he emerged onstage, the audience cheered and applauded as they chanted his name. Revillame went around the studio to greet his supporters who reached out to hug and kiss him or even shake his hand.
Popular cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo and her daughter, Cristalle Henares, and “Bench” owner Ben Chan were also in the audience. Revillame is the celebrity endorser of Belo Medical Group and clothing line Bench.
“Sa almost two months na wala ako, lumuluha ako. Lumuluha ako, nagdurugo ang puso ko dahil hindi ko kayo kapiling. Pero lahat ng kalungkutan na iyon napawi na dahil muli ko kayong makakasama ngayong araw na ito,” he said.
He added: “Bawal na ang mainit na ulo. Pag may nagkamali palakpakan na lang natin.”
Revillame took an indefinite leave from “Wowowee” after drawing criticisms generated by his order to cut the live streaming of former president Corazon Aquino’s funeral procession last August 3.
Revillame, who is rumored to be eyeing the vice presidential post in the 2010 elections, is expected to announce his political plan before his show ends on Monday.
Willie Revillame back on Sept. 21 – MTRCB
MANILA – The Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) confirmed on Friday that controversial host Willie Revillame will be back on ABS-CBN’s popular noontime show “Wowowee” on Monday, September 21 after a one-and-a-half month leave from the show.
The confirmation was made by MTRCB Board Member Paulino Cases during a budget hearing in the Senate. He said Revillame’s leave was done to prevent the MTRCB from suspending the airing of “Wowowee”.
“ABS-CBN proposed that instead of the program being suspended or removed from the air for some time, they would extend the leave of the host Mr. Revillame for about three weeks. That would be from August 8 to September 20, because there will be a lot of people affected in that program if in fact we would render a decision to suspend the show… Of course, Mr. Revillame did not accede to that but it was imposed upon him by ABS-CBN,” Cases said.
The MTRCB official said Revillame’s leave was the decision of ABS-CBN management since the MTRCB only monitors and sanctions programs, not the people behind it.