Willie Revillame keeps mum as online outrage grows
MANILA, Philippines - Three days after giving an ultimatum to his ABS-CBN bosses, popular TV host Willie Revillame has remained mum even as online critics asked for his resignation from the top-rated noontime show "Wowowee."
Revillame, considered one of the highest-paid entertainers in local showbiz, was a no-show during Friday's episode of "Wowowee" after taking an indefinite leave from the program since Wednesday.
His absence, however, did not go unnoticed by his die-hard fans who asked ABS-CBN management to bring the popular host back.
"Si Willlie kasi alam niya kung kailan dapat ibigay ang pera," said one elderly fan.
The appeal has also been supported by the "Pro-Willie Movement" group on Facebook, which has 2,000 members.
On the other hand, the Anti-Willie Revillame Movement group on Facebook has been flooded with negative comments about Revillame's behavior. The group has 33,000 members.
Revillame has been on the receiving end of negative comments on microblogging site Twitter since Tuesday, while an online signature campaign has been launched to remove him from the show.
Last Tuesday Revillame threatened to resign from "Wowowee" after engaging in a word war with "The Buzz" co-host and radio dzMM anchor Jobert Sucaldito.
Sucaldito caught the ire of Revillame after Sucaldito allegedly questioned why “Wowowee” invited school students with general averages of 75 to 79 to the show. This prompted Revillame to challenge ABS-CBN management to fire Sucaldito or else he would resign from his own show.
"Nanawagan ako sa management ng ABS-CBN, huwag ninyo namang payagan na tinitira ang show. Ang laki ng kita ng 'Wowowee' para sa ABS. Mamili na kayo. Kapag hindi ninyo 'yan tinanggal ako ang magre-resign dito sa 'Wowowee.' Tandaan ninyo yan," he said earlier this week.
For his part, Sucaldito said he is not afraid of Revillame since he believes he did the right thing.
“Nalulungkot lang ako na for petty issue ay aabot sa ganito. Kumbaga it's not fair. Maliit lang na tao. Kumbaga sa chess game, isa lang akong pawn, isa siyang king. Ano ba ang laban ko? Pero tuloy ang buhay. God is with me and I'm overwhelmed by the appreciation of the world," Sucaldito said.
Sucaldito denied ever referring to the "Wowowee" contestants as stupid, adding that he just wanted "Wowowee" to invite intelligent students to the show.
"Ako naman, I also stand by my story. I didn't hit him on personal level. I didn't like the concept. 'Yong concept lang ang aking tinitingnan. Kung na-misinform siya, it's not my problem. Ganoon lang naman ang buhay," he said.