- Aside from the occasional shocking controversies fans hear from their favorite celebrities, network transfers also cause a stir among viewers
- A lot of artists have already experienced at least one network transfer during their career
- Among are Angel Locsin, Willie Revillame, and Kris Aquino
Being a celebrity is probably highly related to producing juicy gossips, taking part (intentionally or not) in controversial events, and even sharing cryptic social media posts. As stirring as these are on the entertainment industry, Filipino stars have another way to shock the masses – through transferring of networks.
Here are 8 celebrities who made the big move by waving goodbye from their former stations and saying hello to a brand new start.
1. Angel Locsin: GMA-7 to ABS-CBN
After the success of “Mulawin” where she portrayed the character of Alwina, and the iconic reprise of “Darna,” Angel surprised her fans when she chose not to renew her contract with home network GMA-7 and transfer to ABS-CBN instead.
Although executives of the GMA-7 aired their dismay over the matter, Angel followed her heart by pushing through with the huge change. It was reported that aside from being offered thrice her original talent fee, she was also provided an entirely broad set of opportunities that would further nurture the young actress.
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2. Sharon Cuneta: ABS-CBN to TV5
Her 23 years of faithfully staying with ABS-CBN ended when she signed a 5-year contract with the Kapatid network back in 2011. Although there were speculations that the P1-billion offer was the reason behind her decision, she was mum about the issue.
Sharon starred in a daytime afternoon talk show and had her own drama series with TV5.
Eventually, the megastar returned to ABS-CBN in 2015 where she had a comeback as a judge on “Your Face Sounds Familiar” and replaced Sarah Geronimo as a coach in “The Voice Kids.”
3. Iza Calzado: GMA-7 to ABS-CBN
The death of her father, Lito Calzado, and the end of her longtime relationship with former boyfriend, Atticus King, in 2011 have both fueled Iza on wanting to close a chapter in her life – prompting the change in network.
She was able to explore more on her hosting through “The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles” and starred in several movies under the wing of her new management.
At present, she is set to work with Bea Alonzo and Ian Veneracion on an upcoming television series entitled “The Second Wife.”
4. Christian Bautista: ABS-CBN to GMA-7
Being discovered and honed in the Kapamilya network for a number of years, it was unexpected that the singer would transfer to its rival station at the peak of his career. Despite the backlash, Christian insisted on being grateful for everything that ABS-CBN has done for him and claimed that he would miss his “ASAP” family.
Years later, rumors that the performer has started to regret his decision circulated. This was after his first show after his transfer; “Party Pilipinas” was cancelled.
However, Christian bounced back. He is currently a judge on reality show “Superstar Duets” that has only recently premiered.
5. Willie Revillame: ABS-CBN to TV5 to GMA-7
Originally a Kapuso, Willie returned to the network after going through a series of transfers. His controversy-filled career was not hidden from viewers as these issues caused the changes.
He said goodbye to his noontime show in ABS-CBN, “Wowowee,” after ranting about DZMM Radio Host Jobert Sucaldito’s claims against him and threatened the station of resigning if the latter was not relieved from his position. This was followed by Willie accusing the network’s management of violating several provisions from his contract, hence ending his agreement with the Kapamilya management.
Willie turned to TV5 where he had his own show as well, entitled as “Willing Willie,” but still attracted another controversy with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) accusing him of child abuse after having an obviously unhappy young boy perform a ‘macho dance.’
By 2015, he went back to GMA-7 and revealed that it is where he ‘truly belongs.’
6. Ogie Alcasid: GMA-7 to TV5
With Ogie spending nearly two decades at GMA-7, fans were stunned upon his confirmation of transferring to TV5.
Nevertheless, the Kapuso executives bear no ill will and even wished him good luck on his new venture. The singer and his former network share a good relationship, that he even makes a guest appearance on some of its shows up to present.
But whether Ogie would renew his contract with TV5 is still unknown. He admits that he has not accomplished his goals with the network and would like to continue working with them. However, he remains open to other opportunities such as transferring to ABS-CBN after fans urged him to do so when he had a performance on “ASAP.”
7. Richard Guiterrez: GMA-7 to TV5
Richard considered himself to have lived a ‘full career’ in GMA-7, which possibly pushed him to no longer sign a definitive contract with the network and go rogue for a short period of time.
He made several appearances on ABS-CBN that prompted speculations of his transfer, but surprised fans when he stayed with TV5 instead.
There, he hosted “KISPinoy – The K-Pop Philippination” and led the drama series “Ang Panday” as Flavio.
8. Kris Aquino: ABS-CBN to GMA-7
It was only recently when Kris broke the news; confirming her departure from ABS-CBN after 20 years with the network.
Kris was meant to renew her contract by February this year, but death threats and health concerns postponed the decision.
Upon her return from taking some time off from work, the TV host took to Instagram to air her future line of career – a co-producer of “Eat Bulaga!” with the APT Entertainment Co. She revealed that ABS-CBN’s inability to promise a show and a timeslot for her caused the decision.
Philippine celebrities have a variety of networks to choose from, although most work with the leading stations, ABS-CBN and GMA-7.