Wednesday, May 26, 2010
In a private meeting yesterday May 24, Willie Revillame apologized to ABS-CBN management for his outburst on Wowowee last May 4. In that particular episode, Willie had threatened to resign if ABS-CBN did not give in to his demand that radio commentator and The Buzz co-host Jobert Sucaldito be fired for airing negative comments about Wowowee over the latter’s radio program. Willie has since been on leave from the leading noontime show.
In an official statement, ABS-CBN has expressed its acceptance of Willie’s apology. The network also announced that Willie will continue to be on indefinite leave but will remain under contract with the Kapamilya network. (Willie’s contract is valid until 2011.)
ABS-CBN also revealed that there will be further discussions with Willie about his work with the network as well as the future of Wowowee.
Here is the statement in full:
ABS-CBN management and Willie Revillame pushed through with their scheduled talk yesterday afternoon.
Willie has realized his mistake and apologized to ABS-CBN management for his outburst on air in Wowowee on May 4, 2010, and his failure to report to work since May 5, 2010.
ABS-CBN management has accepted Willie’s apology.
ABS-CBN and Willie agreed that he takes an indefinite break effective immediately, but his contract obligations with ABS-CBN hold. This disallows him to perform similar work for any person or entity in direct competition with ABS-CBN.
At some point, ABS-CBN management and Willie will discuss what will be in the best interest of the viewing public.
Meanwhile, Wowowee will continue to provide entertainment and inspiration to Filipinos worldwide.