Ending weeks of speculation, ABS-CBN announced last January 26 that its noontime show Happy Yipee Yehey (HYY) will be having its final episode on February 4 – or just a week shy of its first anniversary.
As a consolation, network spokesperson Bong Osorio added that the show’s hosts will be given new projects soon. “We also extend our deepest gratitude to our viewers, here in the Philippines and in The Filipino Channel (TFC) markets worldwide, for their support to the program,” Osorio said in a statement given to the Philippine Entertainment Portal.
Like Pilipinas Win na Win before it, HYY suffered from perpetual low ratings. It must be very tough going up against Eat Bulaga, a television show that has aired since 1978. ABS-CBN’s noontime woes began in May 2010, when then-Wowowee host Willie Revillame went on an indefinite leave a day after challenging the ABS-CBN management to fire entertainment writer/TV host Jobert Sucaldito from the network, or else he will resign. Sucaldito earned Revillame’s because of his negative commentaries against Wowowee.
Instead of having Revillame return to hosting Wowowee, the network decided to replace the show altogether with Win na Win. It had a new set of hosts which initially included Kris Aquino and Robin Padilla, and later on, The Hit Makers. The move prompted Revillame to rescind his contract (valid until 2012) with ABS-CBN, triggering a P426 million court battle which remains unresolved to date. Win na Win was canceled by the end of December 2010.
After learning that his buddies John Estrada and Randy Santiago have accepted ABS-CBN’s offer for them to do a noontime show in the network, Revillame railed on national television: “Hindi magre-rate ‘yan! Ako nagsasabi sa ‘yo!” Nearly two years after Revillame’s abrupt departure from the Kapamilya network, ABS-CBN still hasn’t found a worthy replacement to the hugely popular Wowowee. With HYY’s impending exit from the boob tube, it looks like Revillame will have the last laugh.