Former Eat Bulaga host Alden Richards ended his silence over the decision of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and the rest of the Dabarkads to leave TAPE Inc. and GMA Network.
During a press conference for his upcoming show “Battle of the Judges,” Alden admitted that he was saddened by the decision made by his former colleagues to transfer to TV5, especially since they became part of his life and career as a Kapuso artist.
“Personally, I was of course very sad, na yun nga, of course, the whole management decided to transfer to a different network. I love these people dearly. Ang tagal ko po silang kasama. It’s a good six, seven years of my entire career. I’m 11, turning 12 years in the industry. So most likely, kalahati ng buhay ko nasa Eat Bulaga po ako.” Alden said.
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Alden said that the situation was beyond his control, but still he maintained a good relationship with the Dabarkads who were currently hosting E.A.T.
“So siyempre, of course, wala po akong karapatang makialam sa desisyon ng management ng parehong kampo dahil isa lamang po akong empleyado. Pero kumbaga, kung sa personal ko pong damdamin, sa puso, malungkot po ako na parang hindi na ako makakabalik sa pamilya na almost half of my career, nandoon ako. But we still remain friends, even off cam,” the actor stated.
He also revealed that he would face difficulties if he ever attempt to reunite with his former colleagues on TV5 because of his contract with GMA.
“Yun nga po, yung opportunity na makalipat muli, makita po sa TV5, medyo yun po kasi ang… of course, hindi lang naman po GMA ang merong ganung exclusivity.” he said.
“All the other networks have that. But siguro, kahit saan man po ako mapunta, yung puso ko po bilang Dabarkads, hindi na mawawala yan,” he added.