Talks are getting louder that Kapuso star Richard Gutierrez is being offered by ABS-CBN and that his mother and manager, Annabelle Rama, is seriously considering it. But according to an insider, “Hindi ililipat ni Annabelle si Richard sa ABS.”
Is it Richard Gutierrez’s turn to move to ABS-CBN?
Nang magsimula ang demandahan sa tatlong kumpanya—AGB Nielsen, GMA-7, and ABS-CBN—the Kapuso network gathered its biggest and brightest stars for an ID plug showing their support for their station as “Proud to be Kapuso.”
Ang unang ipinalabas ng GMA-7 ay ang kay Richard, the acknowledged king of GMA primetime.
GUARANTEED CONTRACT. He is reportedly the highest paid star of the Kapuso network and, more importantly, ang pinanghahawakan niya ay isang guaranteed contract. A guaranteed contract is the premium contract. It means he must have a regular show (a certain number of shows for some) at kung wala, babayaran pa rin siya ng istasyon of the amount he should get kung mayroon siya. Kapalit nito is Richard’s exclusivity na hindi siya puwedeng makita o mag-guest sa ABS-CBN.
Reportedly, any show of Richard na ipalalabas muli, babayaran din siya ulit ng network. Kung kaya’t kung sakaling magdesisyon ang GMA-7 na i-replay ang Mulawin, for example, may panibagong bayad daw na matatanggap si Richard.
It was already written several times that Richard is part of the creative group that will conceptualize his next primetime soap for GMA-7 after Kamandag ends. He is the first star to be able to be given that privilege sa GMA-7. Only the likes of Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, and Dolphy ang may ganitong pribiliheyo sa ABS-CBN na makasama sila sa pagbuo pa lang ng concept of their shows.
Richard is also an exclusive star of GMA Films, the first to be signed up by the film arm of the Kapuso network. Sumunod na lang sa kanya sina Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, at Dingdong Dantes in that order.
But Richard’s guaranteed contract is expiring on May 26—some say 27 and other say 28—of this year. Now, we hear whispers at presscons and we read blind items in tabloids that Richard might move to ABS-CBN.
RICHARD AS A KAPAMILYA? Walang halos gustong magsalita sa kahit na sinong malapit kay Richard tungkol sa usap-usapang ito. Kung mayroon man, naniniguro muna sila na hindi sila maku-quote or mapapangalan.
“Palagi namang may ganyang balita kay Richard,” sagot ng isa sa mga nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
Pinasagot lang namin ng simpleng yes or no ang aming unang kausap kung may offer ba ang ABS-CBN kay Richard.
“Wala nang bago diyan, si Richard pa ba ang hindi oo-offer-an ng ABS?” sagot nito.
This time though, mas maraming slant and reasoning kung bakit lumalakas ang usapan.
Una, may tampuhan na naman daw sa pagitan ng kampo ni Richard at ng GMA-7. Ikalawa, nasa ABS-CBN ang mga pinakamahahalagang babae sa buhay ni Richard ngayon—si KC Concepcion, na balitang nililigawan niya; si Angel Locsin na original partner niya sa GMA-7; at pati na rin si Ruffa Gutierrez, ang kanyang ate.
“Ilang beses na bang may tampuhan ang GMA at si Richard? Hindi naman ito ang una,” sabi ng pangalawang source ng PEP.
Ang puno’t dulo ngayon sa sinasabing tampuhan ay ang hindi raw paglagay ng image ni Richard sa unang batch ng summer plug ng GMA-7. Balitang nag-cut short ng two days si Richard from his last U.S. trip—where he received a Visionary Award—just to make it to the summer plug.
Naayos na ito sa sumunod na plug. But as our second source explained, “The damage has been done.”
Another unwritten tampo was when Richard attended the birthday party of GMA-7 president Atty. Felipe Gozon. Bukod-tanging si Richard lang daw ang hindi ipinakita sa mga video na naglabasan about this party.
We asked back na napakasimpleng problema nito para ilipat agad si Richard sa ABS-CBN. Another source sent us a text message for another explanation: There is an offer “too good to refuse” and Richard’s mother and manager, Annabelle Rama, is seriously considering this.
LOT OF CHANGES. If ever, Richard’s move to ABS-CBN could spell a lot of changes, particularly sa Kapamilya network, home of several matinee idols from the superstars Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo, and Jericho Rosales to the upcoming ones like Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson. They will all have to give way to the king of GMA-7 primetime.
Ikalawa, KC will no longer be partnered to anyone but to Richard habang may side possibility pa ring mag-reunion ang dating magka-love team na sina Richard at Angel. Puwede nang matuloy ang Richard-KC movie solely produced by Star Cinema, unless hindi pa tapos ni Richard ang kanyang GMA Films contract which is all together separate from his expiring GMA network contract.
On the GMA-7 side naman, Richard’s departure, if ever, could be a gain to the other leading men of Kapuso network, ‘tulad nang nangyari noon sa pag-alis ni Angel at sa pag-angat ni Marian Rivera.
Richard’s possible move will also definitely affect the other wards of Ms. Rama, tulad nina JC de Vera na may guaranteed contract din and sisters Ehra and Michelle Madrigal who just recently signed up with GMA-7 but on a per show contract. This has happened sa mga alaga ni Becky Aguila noon nang inilipat niya si Angel sa ABS-CBN.
But then, at present, walang gustong ma-quote directly kung may ganito ngang scenario na nangyayari. Although another source is very firm sa sagot niya, “Hindi ililipat ni Annabelle si Richard sa ABS. Gagawa ng paraan ang GMA para hindi makawala sa kanila si Richard, just like what they did noon kay Regine Velasquez.”
Philippine Entertainment Portal