MANILA, Philippines – Five months after a sex video leaked online, comedian Wally Bayola made a tearful return to GMA 7 noontime show Eat Bulaga on Saturday, February 9.
In the episode, Bayola’s comedy act partner Jose Manalo was seen searching for the missing half of a cardboard heart. In the segement “Juan For All, All For Juan,” shot in Paco, Manila, a tearful Bayola appeared, holding the missing piece as well as a birthday cake for Manalo.
The emotional reunion was followed by the two sharing an embrace, with Bayola apologizing profusely.
“Nag-iisa kong kuya, sorry hindi ako nakinig sa’yo,” he told Manalo. “Kuya, partner, nag-iisa kong kaibigan, sorry. Sorry talaga.” (My only brother, I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you. Brother, partner, my only friend, sorry. I’m really sorry.)
Ever the comedian, Manalo jokingly replied, “Tigas ulo mo eh.” (You are hard-headed.) But Manalo also acknowledged how everyone makes mistakes, noting that what’s important is how one deals with them.
Bayola also apologized to the show and its audience, asking for a second chance.
“Sa Eat Bulaga, sa mga manonood, sorry po. Sorry po sa nagawa kong kasalanan. Sana bigyan niyo pa po ako ng isa pang pagkakataon para maiayos ko po buhay ko, patawad po. Sa inyo po lahat, sorry po.” (To Eat Bulaga, to the viewers, I’m sorry. Sorry for the wrong I have done. I hope you give me one more chance to fix my life. I’m sorry. To all of you, I’m sorry.)
In September 2013, a video of the comedian having intercourse with a woman, who was identified as one of the show’s dancers, surfaced online.
In an interview with Kris TV in December, Eat Bulaga host Vic Sotto said it was the management’s decision to give Bayola some time off. In the same interview, Manalo revealed that Bayola also apologized earlier in a show they did in Olongapo.
According to Inquirer, Bayola returned to doing stand-up comedy in Zirkoh Comedy Bar last month.
Social media welcome
Through posts on social media, Eat Bulaga production urged the public to welcome the comedian.
“Kasabay ng ating pagbati ng maligayang kaarawan kay Dabarkads Jose, batiin din natin ang pagbabalik ng ating Dabarkads na si Wally Bayola! Welcome Back Dabarkads!” read the post. (Alongside greeting Dabarkads Jose a happy birthday, let’s also acknowledge the return of our Dabarkads Wally Bayola! Welcome back, Dabarkads!)
Bayola’s return was positively received by netizens, with several saying they believe Bayola deserves a second chance.
look at wally bayola's eyebrows when he was crying: oblique = sadness pic.twitter.com/0LfUtwWsHI— cheezmiss (@cheez_miss) February 8, 2014
We count your joys and blessings not ur mistakes and shortcomings! Wally Bayola #EatBulaga— Evelyn Banaria (@rass_berry) February 9, 2014
Welcome back to #EatBulaga, idol. I believe Wally Bayola deserves the second chance. Haha!— Gab Bayan (@gabislab) February 8, 2014
I know it's cliché, but everybody deserves a second chance. Welcome back Wally Bayola. Hope u learned ur lesson. #eatbulaga— Julius De Guzman (@juliusrdeguzman) February 8, 2014
Everyone deserves a second chance. At deserve naman ni Wally Bayola yon. #EatBulaga— SIR BANATERO ™ (@SirBanatero) February 8, 2014
Trending pa din si Wally Bayola?! Grabe! Talk about second chances… 🙂— Andrea Zotomayor (@andengzoto) February 9, 2014