Last year, we witnessed the word war on national television between two noontime show hosts from rival stations, Willie Revillame and Joey de Leon. One year later, the feud was ignited again and the two noontime shows will be converted to “reality soap operas” for the second time.
August 20, 2007, a mechanical glitch happened in the Wowowee game segment called “Wilyonaryo.” Joey de Leon, on the other hand, dished out some jokes on his noontime show Eat Bulaga regarding the growing controversy in the rival show Wowowee. The next day, Willie Revillame suspended the show for a couple of minutes to answer back Joey’s attacks live on national tv. And the word war continued on a daily basis until the chairman of MTRCB, Consoliza Laguardia, mediated to put an end to the word war between the two host comedians.
In the recent show of Eat Bulaga in Los Angeles, Joey de Leon rendered a parody number changing the lyrics of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. The lyrics goes:
“Namnamin po natin kung walang channel 7 ano kaya ang buhay natin?
Imagine there’s no 7
Wala nang network war
Wala na ang kapuso
Remake ng Marimar
Imagine walang bubble gang every Friday
Imagine Mike Enriquez
Walang excuse me po
No Dyesebel to watch for
And no more Gobingo
Imagine no Saksi or Sis
At wala nang dramarama
Channel 2’s the only one
Makikita araw araw
Ay mukha lang ni Pokwang
…Makikita araw araw ay mukhang aswang!”
“…Namatay po ang anak ni Pokwang na hindi nya po nakita habang ito’y binurol at inilibing. Ganyan po kahirap ang naging buhay ng isang Pokwang. Gusto ko lang pong malaman nyo na ngayon po ay may anak si Pokwang isang babae, nagiisa. Kawawa po yung bata, niloloko sa eskwela, ang nanay mo aswang.
Ipagtatanggol ko ito dahil kilala ko ang pagkatao ng taong ito.
Sana ho kung magbibiro tayo, puwede naman kayong mag-compose ng kantang hindi kayo nakakasakit ng kapwa n’yo, e. Wala akong kinantang nakasakit ng kapwa ko
Ako po nakikiusap sa ating mga subscribers, isang channel na lang ang kunin ninyo, ABS na lang, TFC na lang. Wala kayong madidinig na sakit na salita, na galit, wala kayong madidinig sa amin! Wala kaming pakialam sa ratings, ang pakialam namin ‘yong kaligayahan ng bawat Pilipino sa buong mundo!
Ang anak po niyang isang babae, ngayon niloloko, ‘Nanay mo aswang.’ Mahabag naman tayo sa taong nagsisikap!
Dapat magpapasaya ka, ‘yong hindi ka nakakasakit ng kapwa mo! ‘Tsaka dapat nagbabayad ka ng tamang tax mo! Maglabasan tayo ng tax… Okay, noong first quarter nagbayad ako ng 3.7 [million], 6.2 [million] kahapon, kahit magbayad ako ng 10-million, basta totoo lang ang tax mo!
Pokwang, on the other hand, chose to thank the people on her side.
“Salamat po sa mga tumitira sa akin,” are her simple words. “Ibig lang sabihin niyan, nakikilala na ako. Pero sa lahat po ng nagtanggol sa akin maraming maraming salamat po. Sa lahat po ng naniniwala thank you po. Pagpalain kayo ni Lord. Thank you po.”
With these developments, people are tuning in on both noontime shows waiting for another attacks coming from Joey or Willie. It’s like entertainment beyond entertainment. It’s like watching a reality show and you get excited on unexpected things happening.
Come to think of it, Willie Revillame and Joey de Leon have so much in common. They were both reprimanded by MTRCB for uncarelessly blurting out green jokes on tv in the past. They are both comedians, they are both novelty singers, they both had a case in the past and they both have tax issues.
So maybe they are doing this for publicity and for the ratings? We must admit, these controversies fueled their noontime shows’ tv ratings last year so this year can be no different. We just have to take these, nothing more than entertainment.
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