Veteran comedian-TV host Joey de Leon's feud with Wowowee host Willie Revillame is far from finished.
"Sorry, hindi ko matatanggap ang sorry mo," said bluntly by Joey yesterday, September 8, in Startalk during an interview with co-hosts Lorna Tolentino, Butch Francisco, and Lolit Solis.
The past few days, noontime show viewers became a witness to the word war between Joey and Willie. On August 29, the Wowowee host said, addressing to Joey de Leon, "Huwag mong hintayin na mawala ang respeto ko." The next day, Joey answered, "Explain before you complain." He even asked the senate to divert focus from "Hello, Garci" to "Hello, Pappy." That same day, Senator Mar Roxas, chair of the Senate's trade and commerce committee, took announced his plan to conduct probe on the said controversy.
Then MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) stepped in last September 1. Chair Consoliza Laquardia wanted to stop the worsening feud on TV, she said, "It's not healthy anymore." Willie complied to MTRCB's call for reconciliation and issued his public apology.
"Naging emosyonal ako. Pero gusto kong malaman n'yo, humihingi ako ng paumanhin kay Mr. Joey de Leon. Kung nasaktan ko siya... Joey de Leon, kaibigan, pare, from my heart, I'm so sorry kung nasaktan kita. Pero tandaan mo, idol pa rin kita," said Willie last September 4, Tuesday, on Wowowee.
JOEY'S CONDITION. Apparently, Joey laid out specific terms on how the apology should be carried out, and he felt that these terms were not entirely met by his rival.
"Ang hiniling ko talaga kumpleto. Kung napanood n'yo, sabi ko, gagawin niya uli yung sinabi niya kaya lang kabaligtaran. Wala nang pag-akusa at hiniling ko talaga na meron ding dalawang nakatayo dito na dalawang co-host na umiiyak. Seryoso ako nun. Kailangan ganun din, yung babae dito at dito umiiyak din habang nagso-sorry siya sa akin.
"Kailangan gawin n'yo ‘yun. Alam ko baka maging katawa-katawa sa iba, pero seryoso ako dun. Pag ginawa n'yo ‘yon, wala na, palalagpasin ko na lahat ng nasabi n'yo kahit nasiraan na ako sa iba ng pangalan," detailed by the popular comedian.
It will be recalled that when Willie lambasted Joey in his show last August 29, his two co-hosts, Valerie Concepcion and Mariel Rodriguez, joined him on stage to comfort him. Valerie, who just joined Wowowee a few weeks ago, also got emotional and shed tears.
Joey added, "Okay na parang larong bata lang 'to, pinitik mo tenga ko, pipitikin kita, tabla na tayo, kalimutan na. Basta gawin n'yo 'yon, humarap kayo uli. Mag-sorry kayo kahit tatlong 'Joey de Leon' na lang, medyo lagpas sa tatlo 'yon, e. Okay lang...ang importante sa akin may dalawa ritong umiiyak na co-host. Kailangan ko 'yon."
Joey immediately acknowledged that this latest comment might earn him the ire of the MTRCB chair once again.
"Alam ko medyo magtatampo na naman sa akin si Chairman dito, pero ‘yon naman ang pinag-usapan natin e," he justified his reaction.
NOT PART OF NETWORK WARS. Clearing the networks from the ongoing rift, Joey made it clear that contrary to what some people were implying, he has nothing against ABS-CBN as an organization.
"Inuulit ko, hindi po labanan ng networks ito. Huwag n'yong sirain ako sa dati kong himpilan o sa mga kaibigan ko dun at mga hinahangaan o nirerespeto kong mga tao dun," he said.
He continued, "Hindi n'yo ako pwedeng siraan diyan, mahal ko 'yang istasyon na 'yan, pinanggalingan ko 'yan at nakaukit ang pangalan ko diyan dahil yung mga nakaukit, mga walang dinalang kahihiyan sa istasyon 'yang mga 'yan. Totoo po, Johnny de Leon, yung mga ganung pangalan, mahal kami ng network na ‘yan ng tatlong henerasyon mula sa lolo, sa ama, at sa anak [Lopez clan] inabutan ko lahat 'yan, so mahal ko 'yan.
"Hindi kami ang pag-awayin n'yo, ang sagutin n'yo yung kasalanan ng ibang personalidad diyan na nagdala ng kahihiyan," said Joey.
Joey also took pride in the fact that he is the only one who was able to work for all the TV networks in the Philippines.