Willie Revillame’s homecoming on GMA

HE’S BACK after a bit more than a year of self-imposed hiatus on the entertainment industry.

Willie Revillame returns to the small screen yesterday on his first network, GMA, during the Eat Bulaga! sub-segment “Sugod Bahay” of Juan for All, All for Juan with Joey de Leon’s call of “pare.”

According to Mr. De Leon, the time for prospective program of the 53-year-old returning talent will last 1 1/2 hours at 5 p.m. right before 24 Oras, where the anchor Mike Enriquez settled the schedule.

According to the EB co-host/co-founder Sen. Tito Sotto, he reminded himself on Revillame’s prospective time slot that once aired “Oras ng Ligaya,” an ABS-CBN variety show of the late ’60s.

Revillame’s career revisited

Willie’s entertainment career started on television in 1986 on Lunch Date on the then-Rainbow Network. He appeared for the first time in the big screens in Joe Pring 2: Kidlat ng Maynila in 1990. A year later, he collaborated with Mr. De Leon on comedy films Barbi for President and Sam and Miguel.

While remaining a regular Siete talent back then, he hopped on to IBC on his side projects: Ayos Lang Tsong!, Dance Tonight and Loveliness. He appeared on the government station, PTV, as a host of Barangay USA in 1990 with its revival series, Barangay US: Unang Sigaw in 1994 on RPN.

In 1993, he starred on Love Notes on ABC 5 and five years later, he found his opportunity on ABS-CBN as a star on Richard Loves Lucy and a sidekick of Magandang Tanghali Bayan. His music career sprouted on his stay in Mother Ignacia and “Pito Pito” — a response of Bayani Agbayani’s “Otso Otso” — was the memorable novelty signature song.

His downfall

In 2005, his position on ABS-CBN’s pool of entertainment talents was elevated to the host of his noontime show, Wowowee. On its anniversary show on February 4, 2006, a stampede in ULTRA accrued 73 deaths in the early morning, the deadliest stampede for a game show according to Guinness Book of World Records. His show was temporarily off air for a month.

A year later in August, a segment of the variety show was spreading throughout the media on the logistics flaw on finding the jackpot until he released the film from the box of containing the jackpot. De Leon later expounded the outrage summing up with a famous adage: “Explain before you complain.”

In 2009, while the nation is mourning for former president Corazon Aquino, the inset of Manila Cathedral appeared awaiting for the casket to arrive while the show was ongoing. Revillame interrupted that he would not make the viewers happy as the transfer of the late president awaits but his words insulted the mourners and observers. After the funeral, the youngest daughter, Kris Aquino forgave his actions.

During the presidential election campaign in 2010, Revillame was an endorser of Sen. Manny Villar. His bet normally appeared on his show because of the Senator’s real estate business, Camella Homes, would be given away for the contestants. Villar was lost in the polls in favor of the only bachelor son of the recently deceased former president.

Finally, the ABS-CBN management decided to kick him out of the network after furious calls of citizens to end the show due to the negative imagery. On July 30, he bade farewell to the network for good.

Three months after, Willie tried to go back to Channel 5 as TV5 on the new show, Willing Willie, on that time, on primetime clashing two news programs.

On March 12, 2011, a “macho dance” by an apparently unhappy six-year-old boy “Jan-Jan” on Revillame’s show, resulted in criticism, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) describing it as a case of child abuse. Revillame “sincerely and deeply” apologized for the segment, “which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste. Again, the show has been renamed to “Wil Time Big Time” to avoid another image of Willie to be tarnished.

Coinciding his 52nd birthday last year, he hosted a new show back to lunchtime as Wowowillie. Two months after the premiere, Willie rudely interrupted in response of the spoof of his hosts in his former employer (ABS-CBN) It’s Showtime with a famous line: “You don’t do that to me!” On October, Revillame called his quits on TV5 in favor of managing his businesses.

Revillame’s litany of game show sins are still present and prevailing over the Net, particularly crediting to a YouTube user, Even Demata.

Willie the prodigal son?

Back to the Siete scoop, the living picture of Willie’s return on Eat Bulaga painted so many billion words from millions of viewers, thinking it’s time for reconciling and settling their differences between each other.

With his return, observers and critics are ready to be scared when his new show on GMA begins on the New Year.

If Willie materializes his show soon on his first home in order to “embark on a new leaf of his life,” it will interpret two sides. The boom and pull of audience ratings, thanks to the striving masses yearning for instant wealth, and at the same time, the fear of reasonably assured destruction of moral fiber of the TV giant based on his experience in his resume.

Good luck and Godspeed, Manny Pacquiao!

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  1. You forgot:
    – Willie was kicked out of ‘Magandang Tanghali Bayan’ due to some tongue-licking incident no the show
    – Willie returned as a noontime show host in the above show’s reboot ‘Masayang Tanghali Bayan’ but was booted before that show was cancelled
    – Thereafter Willie tried his hand in charity in ‘Willingly Yours’ as an attempt to clean up his image
    – The end of Willie’s stay in ABS-CBN began when he threatened a radio host and showbiz reporter to leave the network after some negative remark against Willie

  2. Honestly, weekdays 5:00-6:30 PM is a relatively bad slot. How about a Sunday afternoon (or more precise, noontime) slot?

    1. Before Sunday All Stars? It’s still a bad slot because they will compete against the rival’s longest musical variety show ASAP.

  3. Even Demata (the YouTube User behind the expose of Wowowee Scandal) is currently a freelance journalist and columnist of a Tabloid newspaper “Bagong TORO” under his column “Pinoy Hotline” after Willie Revillame stepped down his noontime show “Wowowillie” on TV5 due to intense competition between Showtime and Bulaga.

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