With Willie Revillame's fate still hanging in the balance, his good friend Cesar Montano has announced that he will momentarily host Wowowee on Wednesday, August 26.
"Guesting pa lang," clarified Cesar immediately after the revelation, "hindi pa naman regular."
Cesar spoke to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with other members of the entertainment media, earlier today, August 20, at a press conference tendered by Mega Sardines at Bellissimo Ristorante, on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
The gathering was organized by Mega Sardines to officially launch its new television commercial featuring Cesar. But more than the TV ad, the brand proudly announced the heart-friendly content of its products made possible by Omega 3-fatty acids, medically proven to combat cases of coronary heart disease.
"WILLIE IS A GOOD FRIEND." Revillame is currently on leave from Wowowee after mounting criticisms brought about by his order to stop showing the funeral cortege of Cory Aquino, which was being aired simultaneously with his noontime program last August 3.
Critics lambasted Willie for his alleged "arrogance." The Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag or AFIMA issued its statement: "He may have the right to demand it, but he never waited until the next commercial break to quietly do it. He expressed his angst against Corazon Aquino funeral being shown side by side his Wowowee right before the dumbstruck millions of Filipino viewers around the globe."
The National Press Club (NPC) and the Movie and Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) also condemned Willie's action. An online appeal, "Petition to Oust Willie Revillame," was put up by a certain Roel Saguisag to pressure Willie further.
Willie, on the other hand, explained his position by saying, "Ang feeling ko, hindi magandang ipinapakita 'yon habang kami'y nagsasaya... Sa sitwasyon na ito, kung may nasaktan ako, I'm sorry. Sa pamilya Aquino, alam ng buong pamilya Aquino [na] wala akong masamang intention doon."
"Nakakalungkot," said Cesar about Willie's predicament. "Willie is a good friend. Nakakalungkot para sa kanya."
The actor-director added, "Mahirap mag-comment about that. But of course, si Willie lang din ang makakaayos niyan and the people around him and, of course, ABS-CBN."
Cesar, who is the host of ABS-CBN's videoke game show The Singing Bee, is a personal friend of Willie. The last time the public saw the two together was last June 13 during the Wowoweelympics fundraising basketball competition held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. Montano played alongside Willie for the Wowowee All-Stars team.