MANILA, Philippines – Willie Revillame is remaining mum on speculations that he is set to make a comeback on his popular noontime show “Wowowee” on July 31.
Revillame, the controversial on-leave host of “Wowowee,” merely shrugged his shoulder when asked by ABS-CBN News to confirm the rumors.
Revillame declined to discuss the speculations. And even the host's close friends kept quiet on the issue.
While Revillame seemed to be taking a wait-and-see-attitude, an ABS-CBN official was categorical in denying the speculations.
"Ang mga lumalabas na bali-balita tungkol kay Willie Revillame at sa Wowowee ay mga espekulasyon. Nag-usap na ang ABS-CBN management at si Willie kung ano ang options o mga posibleng gagawin pagkatapos ng kanyang break,” Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, said in a statement.
“Wala pang napagkakasunduan ang ABS-CBN at si Willie. Kung mayroon mang pagbabagong magaganap, ito'y opisyal na ipahahayag ng ABS-CBN sa takdang panahon.” Osorio added.
Revillame went on indefinite leave following his outburst in May of this year on "Wowowee." Fellow Kapamilya talent Jobert Sucaldito’s alleged non-stop criticisms of “Wowowee” have reportedly triggered his outburst.
Revillame last May demanded that the network fire Sucaldito, and threatened to leave the network if his request was rejected.
Revillame then wrote ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III and president Charo Santos-Concio a letter, asking them to release him from his contract. This prompted the big bosses to call a closed-door meeting.
During the meeting, both parties agreed that the host would take an indefinite break effective immediately, although "his contract obligations with ABS-CBN hold."
“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,” the network said.
-Report from Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News