(UPDATE) Willie Revillame lashed out at Ethel Booba and Ate Gay, mainstays of his TV5 noontime show “Wowowillie” and even dared them to resign.
“Pinagalitan ko si Ethel at Ate Gay ,” Wilie said in the Feb. 28 edition of his show. “Hindi sila professional. Nagalit sila kasi hindi sila nanalo sa costume.”
Willie was referring to the show’s talent contest called “Mini-Concierto,” where the female co-hosts outdo each other in wearing eye-catching costumes.
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Willie jokingly told Ethel, “Style ba ‘yan? Ginagaya mo lang si Anne Curtis eh… Wala, ginagaya lang si Anne Curtis. Kasi ‘yung suot niya sa ‘ASAP,’ may shower pa. Hindi niyo kaya ‘yon. Huwag kayong mag-ilusyon.”
Talent, not ‘singit’
A visibly miffed Ethel replied, “Ano ito? Bakit mo kami ikino-compare doon? We’re talking about talent, not singit. Come on!”
Willie also said that Ethel shouted at him.
“Sa dressing room, sinabi (niya) sa 'kin, ‘Bakit mo ko ginaganon?” Wilie recalled.
The singer-host added that Ethel should not have taken his remark seriously.
“Katuwaan lang. Pinapasaya lang namin kayo. Ang lalaki na ng ulo n’yo! You don’t do that to me!”
He reminded Ethel not to let success get into her head and to remember that he’s the producer and host of the show, the one who turned a deaf ear to her detractors and gave her a chance to revive her showbiz career.
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“You don’t do that to me kasi ako ang nagbigay sa 'yo ng pagkakataon sa buhay. If you want to resign, go! Inaangat kita (tapos) ganyan ang gagawin mo sa akin,” he told Ethel.
Addressing Ate Gay, Willie said, “Binigyan kita ng break. Magkaroon ka ng utang na loob!”
Because of the incident, Willie decided to scrap the “Mini-Concierto” segment.
The incident drew mixed reactions from netizens. Vice Ganda spoofed the incident in his show.
Ate Gay’s manager Freddie Bautista told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! over the phone that his talent got a call from the “Wowowillie” staff to go back to work on March 1, a day after Willie’s emotional outburst. But Bautista said Ate Gay was scheduled to fly to Singapore for a show on that day. Ate Gay just returned from Singapore on Monday, March 4.
Meanwhile, Willie has refused to comment on the issue further.
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