After ad pullout, Willie announces leave from show

Posted at 04/08/11 10:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Following the pullout of major advertisers from TV5's "Willing Willie," Willie Revillame announced on Friday night that he would go on leave for two weeks.

Revillame said he would use the time to think about whether to leave the industry following allegations of child abuse during his show.

He said Friday would be the last live show of Willing Willie, and that only pre-taped shows would be aired starting on Saturday.

"Ngayon, nakipag usap ho ako kay (TV5 president and CEO) Rey Espinosa, hanggang ngayon na lang po ako sa Willing Willie. Bukas, naka tape na kami," he said. "...Pagiisipan ko kung babalik pa ako sa industriyang ito."

Revillame also lashed at his fellow entertainers and performing artists who criticized the incident wherein a young boy, "Jan-jan" was allegedly made to do a lewd dance in exchange for cash.