MANILA - Prince of Comedy Vic Sotto said comedian Wally Bayola needs to apologize first before he can return to showbiz.
Bayola took a break from the limelight after his sex video with Yosh, a female dancer on the noontime show "Eat Bulaga," circulated online.
In an interview on ABS-CBN's morning show "Kris TV" hosted by Kris Aquino, Sotto said he can request the management to bring back Bayola, but he has to apologize for the incident first.
"Yeah, I can. For me kasi, personally OK lang naman but he has to apologize. I think people will understand," Sotto said.
"Alam mo naman mapagpatawad ang Filipino," added Sotto, who stressed that it was management's decision to let Bayola take a break for a while.
"I have nothing to do with that. I think it's management's decision," said Sotto, who is now promoting his film "My Little Bossings" with Aquino and her son, James "Bimby" Yap Jr.
Jose says 'sorry'
Bayola's partner, Jose Manalo, also spoke up on the said issue.
Manalo said he recently had a show with Bayola, who thanked him for giving him a chance to return to show business.
"Oo, nakapag-show kami ni Wally sa Olongapo kasi 'yung contract niya kay Ma'am Malou Ochoa-Fagar, kailangan um-attend siya doon," Manalo said.
"Binigyan kami ng award doon kasi parang fundraising 'yung show. So, binigyan kami ng award tapos bigla si Wally nagsalita na, 'maraming salamat sa muling pagtanggap sa amin.' So nung sinabi 'yon, sinapo ko na siya, ako na 'yung nagsalita nang nagsalita sa kanya, humingi ng sorry sa tao na hindi naman kasalanan, tao lang.
"Maganda 'yung show, nagtayuan ang mga tao, nagpalakpakan. Sinisigaw ng mga tao na love nila kaming dalawa, love nila si Wally, ganoon 'yung nangyari. Tapos after noon ay hindi na muna siya mag-show, pahinga muna siya."
Last October, Bayola has brought the case of his alleged "sex scandal" to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).