Wowowee, ABS-CBN's top-rating daily noontime variety show hosted by Willie Revillame, staged a two-hour special in the 50,000-seat stadium, the largest in Hawaii, on May 10 (May 11 in Manila). The controversy lies in the "Wowowee VIP Bash" private party reportedly held at Rumours nightclub on May 8.
Apparently, over 200 fans paid $100 (P4,248) to attend the private party where program host Willie Revillame, co-hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion, Precious Lara Quigaman, Pokwang and RR Enriquez, as well as the Wowowee Dancers were supposed to be guests.
Reportedly, ticket holders complained they were made to wait for hours and that, in the end, only three dancers showed up.
The official statement from ABS-CBN is: "The ‘Wowowee’ production team received an invitation from the organizers of the private party, but [the team] never accepted, committed or agreed to bring the [cast], except for the three dancers... [The team was also] unaware that tickets [for the event] were being sold."
The network denied any association with Bigatin Productions.