Joey de Leon resigns irrevocably from Manila Bulletin

Joey de Leon, who writes for the Manila Bulletin, resigned as columnist because a writer from the Bulletin's tabloid said that Eat Bulaga!'sshow in L.A. was a flop, as told by a "GMA-7 executive."



The Manila Bulletin's tabloid, Balita, printed an article about EatBulaga!'sshow in L.A., stating that the show flopped. Joey de Leon took umbrage and resigned irrevocably fromthe Manila Bulletin where he writes a regular column.

Joey explained, "Sumusulat ako sa Manila Bulletin every day. Yung nabasa ko, e, kapatid na tabloid ngManila Bulletin. Ang nagsulat pa, e,isang entertainment editor. Ang sinulat niya, e, nag-flop ang Eat Bulaga. Ako ay nagre-resign sa Manila Bulletin."

WHEREIT ALL STARTED. Joey formally resigned his post ascolumnist for the Manila Bulletinlast July 31. A column by Dindo Balares in Balita'sJuly 29 issue said that Eat Bulaga!'sshow in L.A. was a flop. The columnist said the rumors started on the Internet. It was no wonder, he wrote,that the L.A. Sports Arena was empty because GMA-7 still had no concrete gripon Filipinos in the U.S. At the end he said that Eat Bulaga! lacked emotional investment.

JOEYAIRS HIS SENTIMENTS. On Startalk, Joey was interviewed by his co-hosts Lolit Solis and ButchFrancisco. The clearly disappointed Joey had a lot to say about the issue.

"Unasa lahat, maliit pa ako, e, kaibigan ko na ang press," Joey started. "Wala saakin ‘yan. Pero sa particular na ito, e, nag-react ako dahil may pinakita kami,e. Hindi ko mapalagpas ito. Mapapatawad ko lahat iyon, kahit sabihin na 'pangitang show niyo for 29 years, sukang-suka ako sa Eat Bulaga'. Okey lang ‘yan, personal na opinion ‘yan. Pero sa isangevent na tapos na at binaliktad mo, galit ako doon. Dalawa lang naman angkinagagalitan ko: Ang sinungaling at ang mandaraya.

"May isa kasing linya doon na hindi komapalagpas," Joey said. "Ito, dadahan-dahanin ko. Quotation, ‘Sa katunayan,nakausap ko ang isang GMA-7 executive at kinumpirma ang pagka-flop ng Eat Bulaga!.'"

CHALLENGE NUMBER ONE. For claimingthat he talked with a GMA-7 executive who confirmed that the Eat Bulaga's show in L.A. was a flop, the writer got a surprising challenge from Joey:

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"Pare, o mare-pare—hindi koalam katauhan mo, e—hinahamon kita. Bibigyan kita ng ticket papuntang EstadosUnidos. First-class or business-class. Sagot ko ito for two, para sa kasama mo.Isang linggong stay sa kahit saang hotel sa Amerika. Sagot ko ito with pocket moneyna five thousand dollars."

What's the catch?

"Sabihin mo lang kung sino'ng GMA-7executive na ‘yon."

"Yung flop okey lang sa akin. Nasulatna, e. Yun lang parteng iyon," Joey said. "Doon natin malalaman, na chummy-chummyka sa mga GMA-7 executive, e. Hindi ko alam yun, e."

CHALLENGE NUMBER TWO. As if the firstchallenge wasn't enough, Joey made another one that took even his fellowhosts aback.

"Balita ko, e, uma-attend ka ng pressconsa GMA. Ito ngayon ang hamon ko pati sa GMA. ‘Pag inimbitaninyo ulit ang taong ‘yan, e, magre-resign ako sa lahat ng shows ko sa GMA."

When Joey saw the genuine look of shockfrom Lolit and Butch, he said, "Ganoon katindi ang galit ko sa taong yun. Doon palang sa linyang yun ‘Sa katunayan, nakausap ko.' Ganoon kabigat, e. Kausap moyung executive ng GMA. Sabihin mo lang pangalan sa akin noong GMA [executive].Ganoon lang, tapos bati na tayo."


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