It was a very wise decision for both Gabby Concepcion and his new manager Mrs. Rose Flaminiano to stick to TV first.
Isang malaking presscon ang ibinigay ng ABS-CBN last Friday, April 4, para sa nagbabalik-Pilipinas na si Gabby to announce his being an exclusive Kapamilya star. Members of the entertainment press who saw his rise and departure were teary eyed as Gabby approached each one of them with a hug and, suddenly, they were starstruck once again to see the top matinee idol of the '80s back after 13 years.
No-holds barred ang naging interview kay Gabby, who answered most of the questions put forward by the press.
Sa tanong kung for good na ba ang pagbabalik ni Gabby, sinagot niya ito that he'd "like to stay for good, pero may buhay na rin ako doon [sa U.S.], so I can only stay as long as possible."
Pero depende pa rin daw sa kalalabasan ng kanyang pagbabalik-showbiz which he always says he misses so much.
Gabby signed a five-year contract with his new manager and a two-year contract with ABS-CBN. May pinirmahan na rin siyang contract for the film arm of the Kapamilya station, ang Star Cinema. Ngunit ang pinaplanong Gabby-Claudine Barretto movie, magiging soap na.
Ito na lang daw ang pagkakabalahan ni Gabby, ang television. His first project will be an episode sa Maalaala Mo Kaya.
As to his contract, sinabi ni Gabby that "there are negotiations being done right now to remedy the situation."
Inulit ni Gabby na handa siyang i-honor ang contract niya with GMA Films at nilinaw niyang muli na hindi si Jolina Magdangal ang tinanggihan niya kundi ang script na ibinigay sa kanya ng GMA Films.
"I'm not comfortable with the story, or the script itself," sabi ni Gabby. "Noong storyline pa ito, maganda talaga. But there's a big difference between the storyline and the script that they gave me."
Explanation ni Gabby, matagal na siyang hindi nakakaarte kung kaya't kailangan niya ng mas mahabang panahon para maging in character siya sa kanyang unang pagbabalik sa acting. Masyado raw maikli ang araw na ibinigay sa kanya ng GMA Films, what with a script na hindi pa siya comfortable. Hindi raw siya sigurado kung mare-revise ito in time bago sila makaalis patungong Europe, kung kaya't nagdesisyon na lang siya na huwag itong gawin.
Hindi man nabanggit during the main presscon itself, nagpaliwanag muli si Gabby sa mga one-on-one interview niya with the other press people na willing siyang isoli ang down payment worth more than one million pesos kung makakatulong ito na ma-resolve ang problema.
Nagpalabas ng official statement ang GMA Films kaugnay sa nasabing proposition ng solian ng down payment. It says in full:
"It is not about Gabby. It is not about money. It's about the principle that people in showbiz should learn how to honor their commitments.
"Gabby has a live contract with us. He has been consulted in every step of the production. We expect him to honor his commitment and we will enforce that he has signed with us."