Willie Revillame confirmed his return to Wowowee on ABS-CBN’s primetime showbiz program SNN.
“Tuloy na ho ang pag-asa. Tuloy na ang saya,” he said.
Another controversy hounded Willie on last August 3, 2009 episode of Wowowee. In the show’s Willie of Fortune game segment, he spoke out against the insertion of a live broadcast on late President Cory Aquino’s funeral cortege. He said that he could not make people happy while the entire country was mourning the former president’s passing. The Alliance of Filipino Journalists immediately denounced his remarks as a sign of disrespect towards Aquino. Willie insists that he had no intention of defaming the former president and her family. As the controversy ballooned in the media, he went on indefinite leave and even considered to retire.
Willie thanked his co-hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Pokwang, Valerie Concepcion and the rest of Wowowee’s crew and guest hosts who handled the show during his absence.
In the TNS nationwide TV ratings for the second week of August to present, Wowowee remained the no. 1 daytime program despite Willie’s absence.