MANILA, Philippines - Where is Willie off to this time?
Leaving many hanging with a promise of a mystery announcement soon, this is one of the many questions in people's minds now with Revillame's puzzling statement Tuesday night on the TV5 program "Wil Time Bigtime" regarding his future plans and the fate of the show.
Come Jan. 5, 2013, Willie said, "Mag-a-announce na ho ako ng desisyon ko sa buhay kung ako'y magtutuloy pa sa programang ito."
"Kung walang ganito, kung walang programa, sa'n kayo pupunta? Pumunta kayo sa mga ibang programa na matutulungan kayo... Abangan n'yo," he noted.
While some thought him to be joking, the veteran entertainer proved that he wasn't when he asked the "Wil Time Bigtime" performers and staff members to begin scouting for another work.
He has already sought blessing from the TV5 management, and according to Willie, they respect his decision.
Curiously, at one point, he referred to Jan. 5 as his "last day."
"Talagang i-a-announce ko na kung ano ang gusto kong gawin," he stressed.
Willie opted to give a teaser of sorts of his grand announcement as early as now because "ayoko ko kayong biglain."
"Basta magmula ngayon, enjoy lang tayo. Kalimutan niyo muna 'yan," he related, adding, "Hindi ko alam kung aabutin pa ako ng January 5."
The entertainment and the prizes will remain a-plenty for the Christmas season, Willie nevertheless assured.
Willie was one of the big shot talents who transferred to TV5 two years ago following his high-profile, legal battle-preceded exit from ABS-CBN network, where he hosted one of its most successful yet controversial variety-game shows, "Wowowee."
His first TV5 show, "Willing Willie," was launched on Oct. 2010, but was eventually reformatted to "Wil Time Bigtime" in May 2011 after it drew criticisms and legal complaints for the alleged maltreatment of a 12-year-old boy who participated in one of its segments.