Happy yipee yehey! Willie Revillame, John Estrada bury the hatchet
Willie Revillame and John Estrada have buried the hatchet after not speaking to one another for almost two years, talk show host Cristy Fermin reported on her radio show on Friday.
Cristy said the reconciliation took place past Thursday midnight at the Heritage Memorial Park Chapel during the last night of the funeral for John’s father Vicente. The two men immediately embraced each other as soon as Willie arrived to extend his condolences.
The elder Estrada, 65, passed away Monday afternoon after a long batle with heart disease and was buried Friday afternoon.
The reconciliation was confirmed by Gladi Echevarre, a staff member of Willie’s nightly game show “Wil Time Bigtime”, who tweeted on Friday: “John Estrada and Willie Revillame reconciled after a year and a half. Yes, bati na sila.”
Willie famously snubbed John’s wedding with Brazilian model Priscilla Mireilles in February 2011, a ceremony in which he was supposed to be the best man. The snub was an offshoot of Willie’s acrimonious split with ABS-CBN in 2010.
John and Willie became close friends in 1998 when they hosted “Magandang Tanghali, Bayan” or “MTB” on ABS-CBN, with Randy Santiago. The daily noontime show ran for over six years until it was replaced by “Wowowee”, which Willie hosted alone and ran for five successful years.
“Wowowee” went off the air on July 30, 2010 after Willlie had a dispute with ABS-CBN executives. The Kapamilya network replaced it with “Pilipinas Win Na Win” while Willie moved to TV5 and hosted “Willing Willie”, the precursor to “Wil Time Bigtime”.
After only five months, ABS-CBN replaced “Pilipinas Win Na Win” with “Happy Yipee Yehey”, whose hosts included John and “MTB” cohort Randy.
Willie reportedly felt betrayed by John’s decision to co-host the show, which ABS-CBN eventually cancelled in February this year after 51 weeks on the air.