|Television host Willie Revillame. Photo: ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Willie Revillame expressed his desire to mend ties with ABS-CBN this Christmas.
Speaking at the launch of his Christmas album with songwriter Lito Camo at his mall in Quezon City, Revillame said he is willing to ask for forgiveness from people in his former home network.
“Puwede naman akong magpakumbaba or humingi ng tawad sa kung sinong nasaktan. Lagi dapat sa puso natin may forgiveness. Kung nagkamali ako, pasensya na, ganun talaga. Masyado lang akong nag-concentrate sa programa noon. Maliit na bagay naaapektuhan ka kasi sobrang mahal mo ang programa,” he said.
Saying he’s willing to let go of what happened in the past, Revillame insisted he is not the type who bears a grudge toward anyone.
Revillame also shared that ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya rented his plane for one month to deliver relief goods in devastated areas in the Visayas.
It's a first step, he said, in reconciling with the network which was a big part of his life and career.
The controversial TV host, however, said he would love to do his former noontime program again if he would be given the chance to return to the Kapamilya network.
“Kung babalik ako sa ABS-CBN, ‘Wowowee’ pa rin ang gusto kong gawin kasi 'yang ‘Wowowee’ na yan, iyan ang nagbigay sa akin ng lahat ng ito. Kung may maging usapan, gusto ko ‘Wowowee’ pa rin, kung anong oras man nila ilalagay, maghihintay lang ako,” he said.
Revillame transferred to the No. 3 network TV5 in 2010, after the controversial end of his five-year program with ABS-CBN, "Wowowee."
His first TV5 show, "Willing Willie," similarly drew controversies, among them involving allegations of child abuse when a 6-year-old contestant was supposedly made to perform as a "macho dancer."
The controversy, which involved advertisers pulling out from the show, prompted Revillame to announce it would go on hiatus. A month later, it resumed as the reformatted "Wiltime Bigtime."
Yet another revamp as "Wowowillie" marked the program's transfer to a noontime slot in January this year.
Revillame's "Wowowillie" aired its final episode last October 12 after seven months on air. In his first announcement of the program's end in May, Revillame said it would mark his retirement from television. – from a report by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News