Much have been said about Willie Revillame’s recent meltdown on television. I’m not a big fan of the guy but you have to give it to him. He’s one shrewd businessman who will milk every situation dry to his benefit. The big companies bow before him and I’m not talking about ABS CBN here. Willie knows his worth so he acts the way he does. And in the advertising industry, an asshole who continues to bring in the dough is treated like a god. I also admire his being a perfectionist. Wowowee would have been just another variety show but thanks to Willie’s drive for perfection – it is, by far, the most organized show on TV today. His audience loves him. Even if he already insults the bejesus out of the participant, the audience continue to lap up on his antics. Thus Wowowee has continued its commanding lead in the ratings game. But after what he did over TV two weeks ago, it’s high time that ABS CBN let go of their prized possession. Here are the reasons why:
- You don’t wash your dirty linen in public. Willie has this knack of voicing out his “word-wars” over television. Case in point: the Joey de Leon brouhaha and most recently the Sucaldito affair. Pikon kasi si Willie kaya pag di na nya kaya ang tira sa kanya sa Wowowee nya ibinubuyangyang ang iskandalo in public. As a showbiz personality na tinitingala ng masa lalo na ng mga bata, uncalled for ang ugaling ganito. Eh sya nga kung makatira ng tao walang pakundangan – expected na dapat huwag syang pikon.
- You don’t humiliate people for all the world to see. Don’t get me wrong – Willie naman loves his audience especially ang mga matatanda. Sa tingin ko sincere naman siya sa affections na ipinapakita nya sa mga oldies. Pero kapag di ka nya type, sorry ka na lang at hihiyain ka talaga nya in public. Ke katrabaho ka, dancer, co-emcee, contestant walang kimi si Willie kung tumira. Wala syang pakialam sa feelings ng ibang tao. Para sa kanya, palagi syang tama.
- Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Like it or not, Willie’s clout in ABS CBN has grown immensely through the years. Thanks to years and years of increasing income from Wowowee. For somebody as hardworking and as shrewd as Willie, power comes naturally. At least na-instill nya ang discipline among his Wowowee staff and crew. Yun nga lang, he has this tendency to throw his weight around. Gusto nya na sya lang ang masusunod. And if you do the opposite, good luck na lang sa showbiz career mo. Look at what happened to Miss International 2005 Lara Quigaman.
- You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. When Willie put his employer ABS CBN on the spot two weeks ago, the negative public outcry came like a barrage of falling cards. Willie may be the goose that lays the golden egg but methinks, ABS CBN is weighing their options now. They’ve experimented on Robin Padilla as host and so far the reaction has been positive. And there are other possibilities like Vhong Navarro or John Lloyd Cruz. Willie just might get the boot.
I may be wrong but I believe Willie’s days are numbered. Willie has to go.