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Source of news about 'flop' show of "Eat Bulaga!" in L.A. comes out; apologizes for false report

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by Nerisa Almo
Philippine Entertainment Portal, August 6, 2008

Last week, Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon announced his resignation from Manila Bulletin as a weekly columnist in the entertainment section. The said move was stirred by the write-up of the entertainment editor of Balita, the sister publication of popular broadsheet Manila Bulletin.

 

 

 

In the article titled "Bakit nag-flop sa U.S. ang Eat Bulaga?," the writer apparently questioned the lack of success of Eat Bulaga's show in Los Angeles, California last July 19. The columnist even wrote "GMA-7 executives mismo and nagkumpirma sa amin nito."

Because of this, Joey dared the columnist to identify the GMA-7 executive he was referring to in the article. Joey said, "Yung flop, okey lang sa akin. Nasulat na, e. Yun lang parteng 'yon. Doon natin malalaman na chummy-chummy ka sa mga GMA-7 executive, e. Hindi ko alam yun, e."

Days after this issue came out, no one can still figure out the source of the claims of the Balita entertainment editor. However, in People's Journal today, August 6, an e-mail from someone named joweedeame was published. He identified himself/herself as a fan who started the rumor that the show of Eat Bulaga! in Los Angeles Sports Arena was a flop. PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) later found out that joweedeame used to be a PEPster, the term used for the avid followers of PEP.

The letter was sent to some entertainment writers last Monday, August 4, to apologize to those who have been affected by the false report.

The letter read: "Totoo poh 'yan! I AM SORRY!

"Humihingi ako ng paumanhin to Eat Bulaga, to Mr. Jun Nardo [entertainment columnist], to Mr. Joey de Leon and to everyone na nasaktan in any way by my e-mails!

"Walang nagsabi sa akin na gawin ito. Ginawa ko ito ng kusa!

"This past few hours nagmuni-muni ako at narealize ko na wala namang magandang naiududulot ang mga email ko!

"Isa lamang poh akong fan na nasasaktan kung may masamang naisusulat sa mga iniidolo kong programa/artista. Gumagawa ng paraan para sila eh maprotektahan at matulungan!

"Napagtanto ko na sa kagustuhan kong ipromote ang mga gusto kong programa/artista eh hindi ko namamalayan nakakasakit na ako ng iba.

"Ginagawa ko na pala ang kinaiinisan ko na ginagawa ng ibang mga writer. Yun ay ang siraan ang isang programa/artista para lamang ipromote ang mga gusto nila.

"Naisip ko na ang Eat Bulaga ay marami din namang tinutulungan. Maraming umaasa sa Eat Bulaga! Marami ding napapasaya! Gaya din ng sa Wowowee. (Hindi lang sa kaso ng dalawang programa kundi sa mga artista din katulad nila Marian, Angel, Richard, Piolo, Ding Dong, John Loyd, Sarah, Claudine at Juday.. etc)."

After apologizing, the letter sender requested Joey, entertainment columnist Jun Nardo, and other writers to avoid bad-mouthing the rival network of GMA-7, particularly its shows and talents.

"Pakiusap ko lang sa ibang manunulat, gaya ni Mr. Jun Nardo, na kung gusto nilang ipromote ang kanilang gustong artista o programa eh isulat na lang ang mga magagandang bagay tungkol dito at huwag ng siraan pa ang katapat (hindi kalaban) nitong programa.

"To: Mr. Joey, minsan poh hinay hinay naman sa pagtira sa katapat niyong programa at sa iba pang programa ng ABS-CBN... hindi naman poh lahat ng tao eh kapuso meron ding mga loyal na kapamilya na nasasaktan sa bawat tira niyo... at isa pa poh Mr. Joey kung may nasulat man yung Mr. Dindo na hindi maganda eh mapatawad niyo din siya...malamang eh naimpluwensiyahan din siya ng mga opinion ko sa email ko... huwag niyo na pong idamay kung aatend man siya ng press con diyan sa GMA... malamang eh isa yan sa source ng kanyang kinabubuhay...

"(not in anyway connected poh ako kay dindo baka yan ang isipin niyo, promise!)

"May puwang para sa dalawang programa! at siguro sa mas marami pang programa!"

EXPLAINING THE PHOTOS. In connection to this issue, a series of photos showing empty bleachers inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena were circulated to prove the allegations that the show was a flop.

However, entertainment writers, who were present during the show, already clarified that only part of the arena was opened for the show. In fact, Allan Diones, one of the entertainment writers who attended the show, explained in his column in Abante, "Hindi binuksan ang uppermost section ng OA sa laking LA Sports Arena na mahigit 16,000 ang total seating capacity.

"Normal na ginagawa ‘yon ng mga live stage show sa nasabing venue na hindi inookupa ang buong lugar para mas ma­ging intimate ang au­dience at manageable ang crowd lalo na kung hindi naman ito isang major sports event."

He added that only the arena area (floor section) and lodge area (middle section) were opened for the Eat Bulaga! show. Meaning, there were really no tickets sold for the concourse area (bleacher section), which was shown in the photos.

In connection to this, doweedeame explained that the photos he/she forwarded to entertainment press were obtained from different Internet forum. For this, he/she again made an apology.

The anonymous sender continued, "Kinaclarify ko lang poh ulet (re: EB ay flop sa LA)... Hindi ko poh alam ang tunay na audience turn out ng palabas ng EB... May mga nag post lang ng picture sa Internet...

"Isa galing sa mga DongYan (DingDong-Marian) fans at isa naman galing sa audience ng Wowowee...Pinag tabi ng ibang mga ka forum ko ang mga pictures at mula doon ay gumawa na ng kuwento...

"Ni hindi alam sa forum namin na hindi pala talaga ibinebenta ang mga ticket sa bleacher seats...at dahil sa may kopya ako ng mga email ng mga manunulat eh naisipan kong kuhanin sa forum and dalawang picture at i-send...

"Kung kumita poh ang EB sa LA dapat ay maging masaya ako dahil bukod sa napasaya ang mga taga LA eh yung mga taong umaasa sa EB! Sana ay maraming pang palabas ang tangkilikin ng mga Filipino sa tate.

In the end, the letter sender wished that the two rival afternoon shows, Eat Bulaga and Wowowee, would be able to entertain more Filipinos abroad and not only in the U.S.

"Mabuhay sa dalawang programa at sana ay hindi lang sa US kayo makapunta at makapag dala ng ligaya!

"Muli ay humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa lahat!

"Sana ay maging mabuti na ang lahat!

"Here Signing off,

"Jowee Deame

"Trivia: Ang jowee deame poh ay hindi ko tunay na pangalan... ito ay mula sa pangalan ni Mr. Joey De Leon at Willie Revillame....

"GOD BLESS YOU ALL!"

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