MANILA, Philippines - Comedienne Pokwang, reacting to reports that her "Wowowee" co-host wanted her out of the noontime show, apologized to Willie Revillame in the hope of settling the issue once and for all.
"Nagkasakitan tayo, nasaktan kita, nasaktan din ako sa mga nangyari. Pasensya na, kuya," Pokwang said in an interview in ABS-CBN celebrity talk show "The Buzz" on Sunday.
She added, "Isa lang talaga ang wish ko -- na mawala na ang lahat ng ito. Gusto ko 'yong maka-move on na ako nang maayos, makatrabaho na ako nang maayos at wala na akong marinig na mga paratang. Alam kong napakaliit ng industriyang ito (at) one day magkakaharap din kami."
An ABS-CBN official earlier disclosed that Revillame wanted Pokwang and Mariel Rodriguez axed from "Wowowee" as a precondition for his return.
The controversial host left the show and was on indefinite leave after he asked network executives to fire fellow Kapamilya talent Jobert Sucaldito for his alleged criticisms of "Wowowee."
Pokwang, who previously denied that Revillame wanted her to be removed from "Wowowee" due to her political leanings, admitted that she was hurt when the said report came out. She stressed, however, that he never had anything against her former co-host.
"Siyempre po nagulat ako kasi ginagawa lang namin 'yung trabaho (namin.) Saka sa dami po ng mga mas maliliit na sweldo sa amin sa 'Wowowee,' mas kailangan po nila ang trabaho talaga," said Pokwang, who has hosted "Wowowee" for 3 years.
Pokwang is currently one of the hosts of "Pilipinas Win na Win," the game variety show that replaced "Wowowee."
Revillame, meanwhile, is determined to leave ABS-CBN despite his contract obligations, claiming unfair treatment from the network.
In particular, the former "Wowowee" host insists that there was an agreement between him and the ABS-CBN management that he'd go back to the noontime show on July 31, something that the network denied.
Popularity got to her head?
Pokwang became emotional when she shared how her mother's health was greatly affected by negative reports about her.
Pokwang was particularly referring to reports that fame already got to her head, something that she strongly denied.
"Dumating po ang panahon na ilang araw namin siyang tinatakbo sa ospital (kasi) tumataas po ang dugo niya...Hanggang sa magsalita sa amin ang aming kasambahay na na-open ng nanay ko sa kanya ang problema na 'yon nga, nakakarinig siya ng mga (negative issues) tungkol sa akin," Pokwang shared.
She continued, "Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Ma, ikaw ang nanay ko. Ikaw ang nagluwal sa akin, mas ikaw ang nakakakilala kung sino talaga ako...Mas ikaw ang nakakakilala sa akin kaya ikaw ang nasasaktan.'"
Asked about rumors that she was ungrateful to Revillame for giving her the opportunity to host "Wowowee" which shot her to fame, Pokwang said, "Marunong po akong tumanaw ng utang na loob, kaya lang magsalita man ako o hindi, isa lang ang husga sa akin ng malapit sa kanya (Revillame)."
Meanwhile, she appealed to the entertainment press to spare her family from the negative issues.
"Sa mga tumitira sa akin, wala akong ginawang masama sa inyo. Sa pagkakaalam ko, nakatulong pa ako kahit paano sa kanila. Kung kinakailangang tulungan ko sila sa darating na panahon, hindi ako magdadalawang-isip na tulungan sila. Ang sa akin lang, huwag ninyo na lang saktan ang pamilya ko, tama na po, 'yon lang," Pokwang said.