After all the controversies thrown to host Willie Revellame of TV’s “Willing Willie” on March 12 episode where he was accused of child abuse, the host decided to take a break to give time for his self to reflect about what happened.
The issue gave the TV show and the network big impact that caused DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development), CHR (Commission on Human Rights) and CBCP (Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines) to be alarmed. Movie and Television Review and Classification Board then decided to review the controversial episode that’s been talk of the town lately.
Recently, JFC (Jollibee Food Corp.) decided to suspend their ad placement Mang Inasal in “Willing Willie” to review the issue. This action of JFC gained positive responds from the viewers. Procter and Gamble did the same. According to Yahoo! Phillipines News, P&G Philippines released a statement through Anama Dimapilis of P&G’s Corporate Communications, Brand Public Relations department regarding their decision about the issue.
While two other sponsors of the show also pulled out their ads, Unilever and Cebuana Lhuillier, CDO-Foodsphere Inc. will no longer continue sponsorship to the show but still stick to their first statement where they wouldn’t pull out their advertisement until the end of their advertisement contract.
On last night’s live airing of “Willing Willie”, Willie announced that he will take a break for to think and reflect whether he’ll continue hosting the show or not. He asked to give him time to think hard about this matter. But before ending his announcement he didn’t forget to express his reaction on those intriguing him and accusing him of child abuse. He even mentioned celebrities that attacked him through the micro blogging website twitter.
The controversial host also appealed on the suspension issue of his show and bragged to be fair. He said if they’ll be suspended other networks should be suspended also, he’s talking about ABS-CBN’s Goin’ Bulilit and Showtime, where child in Goin’ Bulilit and Showtime dancing the same as Jan Jan’s dance during his program.
Willie assured that if ever he’ll be able to be back, he’ll continue what he have started, giving hope to his fellow Filipinos. Even if advertisers will not support the show, he promised to sacrifice his own salary for the sake of the people who hopes and believes in him.
Starting today, April 9, “Willing Willie” will not be airing live; instead recorded episodes will be shown for the following weeks.