Ogie Alcasid to Leave GMA-7

The singer-songwriter said that he "will be forever grateful to GMA."

Photo courtesy of PEP.ph

Several showbiz insiders have been speculating that Ogie Alcasid, one of the prime talents of GMA-7, will be transferring soon to a rival station.

Based from what he told the PEP.ph during the press conference for his 25th anniversary concert, it looks like he really is headed toward that direction, hinting at a move to TV5.

"Si MVP kasi, hindi iba sa akin,” he said, referring to Manny V. Pangilinan, the business mogul who counts TV5 among his many properties. “Kaibigan ko ang turing ko sa kanya. Hindi naman lingid sa atin na ang TV 5, kailangan ng tulong. Talagang it’s not doing very well. So, kapag nagsalita si MVP ng, 'Tulungan mo naman ako,' mahirap tanggihan (MVP is a dear friend. We all know that TV5 needs help. It’s really not doing very well. So when MVP asks you to help him, it’s difficult to say no.).”

Despite admitting that he had already informed GMA-7 CEO Felipe Gozon about his plans to leave, he also clarified that he has not yet signed a contract with the TV5, nor has he discussed the shows he will appear on should he push through with this decision. Ogie also kept mum about the rumors that his wife, Regine Velasquez, will be transferring with him, saying that they have separate careers.

“I cannot answer that although asawa ko siya. Kapag career niya, hindi ko ginagalaw (I cannot answer that although she’s my wife. I don’t meddle in her career)," he said.

Sayang...Ogie Alcasid has been with GMA for a very looong time. I remember my high school days when we're watching "Bubble Gang", and it's like 10 years ago or so. If he's really a friend to MVP, then I can't say anything...it's like he's just helping a friend in need. I'll just wish him a Good Luck in his new home.  

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