Buzz about Regine transferring to ABS-CBN started in February 17, 2008 when the Asia's Songbird shed tears while performing on GMA-7's variety show SOP.
A day before the SOP episode, ABS-CBN held a press conference for Regine for her guest appearance in Maalaala Mo Kaya.
News reports then indicated that Regine was transferring to ABS-CBN after showing interest in playing the lead role in ABS-CBN's adaptation of Betty La Fea.
Showbiz insiders claimed that Regine had a "sky is the limit" offer from the Kapamilya Network, which included Regine's own choice of show, movies for Star Cinema, and guaranteed exposure via The Filipino Channel (TFC), ABS-CBN's international channel.
On February 25, Regine did not appear on SOP. That same day, she did an interview with ABS-CBN's entertainment talk showThe Buzz, where she admitted that she was interested in doing the Pinoy adaptation of Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, but denied that the network offered her a 25-million-peso talent fee.
The Asia's Songbird also denied that she was using ABS-CBN as leverage in her negotiations with GMA-7.
Regine candidly admitted that she felt hurt when a Kapamilya executive denied that they offered Regine the lead role in I Love Betty La Fea. The denial was published in a Philippine Star column on February 22, 2008.
A week after her The Buzz interview, on March 2, Regine once again appeared in SOP, saying that she decided to stay with GMA-7.
She was then given the lead role in the Kapuso Network's adaptation of the Koreanovela My Name is Kim Sam Soon titled Ako Si Kim Sam Soon.
Meanwhile, Kapamilya homegrown actress Bea Alonzo was tapped to portray Betty in I Love Betty La Fea.
To date, Regine is still a Kapuso and is busy with the auditions for the upcoming singing search The Clash.