"Wala akong sama ng loob. I think they did what they thought is good for everyone. Okay pa rin naman ang relasyon ko sa kanila. If not, I won't even be here in this birthday press con, ''di ba?"
That's Carlos Agassi referring to ABS-CBN and his career shift within the Kapamilya network—from being a regular host in ASAP '06 to being a mere guest in the Sunday musical variety program.
Adds the hunky actor-rapper, "Actually, hindi lang naman ako ang nawala. Nu'ng pinatawag kami nina Diet [Diether Ocampo] at BJ [Bernard Palanca], parang alam ko na ang mangyayari. Tinanggap ko naman ‘yun. Walang samaan ng loob."
Recently, the ASAP ‘06 family released Hotsilog, a tribute album to the '70s band Hotdog. There is a rap part in the "Annie Batungbakal" track sang by Toni Gonzaga. Asked why he did not do the rap part, Carlos simply states, "I'm no longer part of the family, 'di ba? But let's not make a fuss about it."
To his credit, Carlos, or Amir Carlos Damaso in real life, has done much with his career. He is an actor: his last movie was Oh My Ghost with Rufa Mae Quinto and Marvin Agustin. He is also an accomplished recording artist and producer: he released his self-debut album, Amir of Rap, under Star Records. When he is not visible these days on local shows, Carlos is busy doing shows in the U.S.
Should he be offered a deal by other networks, Carlos says: "I'm keeping my options open."
Carlos celebrated his 28th birthday last December 12. He says that there are no wedding bells for him any time soon.
"I'm still enjoying my single life. I'm in no hurry to get hitched. I have a constant date. She is not in showbiz, so there's not much to talk about," the former The Hunks member says in closing.
The occasion was, ironically, the December 15 press conference hosted by Star Magic (the talent-management company of ABS-CBN) for the December birthday celebrants among its talents.