MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - Controversial TV host Kris Aquino confirmed Tuesday that she is leaving ABS-CBN's afternoon variety show "Pilipinas, Win na Win."
In her official Twitter page, the Philippines' "Queen of All Media" said she did not resign or quit but was asked to leave the show just 2 months after its launch.
"I didn't resign or quit. I was asked to leave Win to make room for new male hosts. I'm honest & humble enough to not lie about the true situation," she said in her Twitter page.
In her interview with ABS-CBN News, she added: “Empleyado lang naman ako. It was management’s decision na gusto nilang sumubok ng all male hosts muna... Alam ko na hindi lahat ibibigay sa’yo. Sinubukan ko tong noontime. Sa pananaw ng management, na ni-rerespeto ko, may iba silang panlasang hinahanap.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, issued an official statement to announce that "Hitmakers" Rico J. Puno, Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Nonoy Zuñiga will replace the TV host-actress starting October 2.
"Pilipinas Win na Win" has been plagued by timeslot changes and low ratings since replacing its top-rating predecessor, "Wowowee," last July 31.
Aquino, who is President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, is the third Win na Win host to leave the show. Actor Robin Padilla and TV host Mariel Rodriguez also went on indefinite leave from the show to get married.
Aquino said her last day on the show will be on October 1. She said she will be shooting some commercials in the next few weeks while waiting for the script of Star Cinema's new movie "Dalaw."
A tabloid report said Aquino will soon return to hosting her game show "Kapamilya Deal or No Deal."
"I'm gonna give myself some time to de-stress, de-compress & pray. Doing my version of Eat Pray Love. Mine is Exercise, Pray Heal," she tweeted.
In an interview, she added that leaving the daily noontime program will give her more time to focus on her personal life.
She said: “Alam ninyo naman may nadagdag sa annulment petition and it’s true na napag-usapan na ang aspetong pinansyal…. Maraming bagay sa personal na buhay ko na kailangan kong ayusin. The next few weeks ibibigay ko sa sarili ko.”
Aquino is currently in a legal battle to have her 5-year marriage to basketball star James Yap annulled. They have one son, baby James. –With a report from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News