Last Saturday, April 25, TV personality Korina Sanchez was invited as Willie Revillame's guest co-host for the "Willie of Fortune" segment in Wowowee. After the segment, Willie sang a song for Korina and when it ended, she was surprised by Sen. Mar Roxas's presence. Willie took this opportunity to ask the newly-engaged couple about the details of their engagement.
The incident disappointed Kris Aquino a bit because she had been promised a first exclusive interview with the couple for her late-night showbiz program with Boy Abunda, Showbiz New Ngayon.
Although she understands the situation of Korina and Mar at that time, Kris couldn't hide how she felt when she found out about the impromptu interview in Wowowee. She said in an interview with ABS-CBN's website, "Ayaw ko ng negative na ano, siyempre for ano, kasi in fairness talaga, I mean, iba talaga yung bonding namin ni Korina. Pero yun nga, kung family at iba yung bonding, they forgot about me."
Kris's SNN co-host, Boy Abunda, feels the same.
In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) before the 6th Golden Screen Awards last April 30, Boy said, "I felt bad for Kris dahil... Alam n'yo naman kung gaano kahalaga ang exclusive sa negosyo namin, sa industriya namin. When you're promised an exclusive, that means you worked hard for that exclusive. Not just doon sa pagkakataon na 'yon, pero these are the things that you deserve, di ba? Siguro isa 'yon sa mga bagay.
"Alam ko si Kris napahiya sa akin because it was not promised to me, it was promised to Kris. And it had nothing to do with Willie because that's not a problem to us. I mean, he's a friend, he's good friend of ours. And I think Wowowee is really on top of the game, it's doing very well, so it had nothing to do with it. I felt bad for her, pero maaayos 'yon. I felt bad for her."
He added that he empathized with Kris when she was teary-eyed as she explained the issue to some members of the media.
Boy said, "Naiintidihan ko 'yon dahil ang exclusives ay buhay natin, e. Di ba, buhay namin 'yon? And that was a very important story for Kris. Second level, I have supported Manny Villar from the time he was in Congress up to the time he last run for the Senate until he became Senate President.
"Mahalaga kay Kris na makita ko kung bakit sinusuportahan niya si Mar. Isa yun, that was on a personal level. With that exclusive interview, she was hoping that I would see her point as to why she was supporting Mar, so double whammy para sa kanya.
"Pero ang pinakamahalaga niyan, all of us die for an exclusive. Sabihin man natin na it's just a story, lahat nagdadaan, but an exclusive is an exclusive."
UNDERSTANDING MAR AND KORINA. A week after the interview with Sen. Roxas and Korina in Wowowee, Boy said that he's slowly understanding the couple's explanation.
He said, "Naiintindihan ko rin naman ang mga paliwanag nina Mar at Korina. I mean, may mga bagay talaga na hindi napaplano, nangyayari na lamang. Naiintindihan ko rin naman sila Willie, di ba? At walang kinalaman dito sila kaibigang Willie, naiintindihan ko naman. It takes a while before you understand it because there are things that happen on the spot, di ba?"
The TV personality also mentioned how Mar and Korina apologized to him and Kris.
He related, "In fairness to Korina and Mar, they've been communicating with me and Kris, they've been writing notes, they've been sending presents. Wala ka naming masasabi. They've been showing talaga how they were, that they displeased that things had to happen that way, because biktima din sila ng circumstance. I mean, I'm quoting Korina, they were 'victims of circumstance.'
"Parang wala namang may gusto doon sa nangyari. But, of course, nandoon na, nandoon na yung pain, naganap na ang naganap. So, I'm just praying. I'm just hoping for the best. First sit-down interview of Mar and Korina."