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Joey de Leon: You’re late? Don’t lie

by Izel Abanilla

VETERAN host-comedian Joey De Leon may be the comic man on TV but he means business with work. Hence, he revealed that years ago, he stopped a weekly program and walked out to punish the latecomers. 

Members of the entertainment press caught up with the actor during the grand press conference of his movie “My Teacher” at the Winford Hotel Manila on December 12. 

“Yung ibang artista nag-aaway dahil late yung isa. Wala sa akin yang mga kuwento na yan. Ako matindi. Pag may nale-late, nilalayasan ko yung show. Pinapasara ko,” de Leon said. 

“Noong araw may show ako yung T.O.D.A.S. sa Channel 13. Bakit natigil yun? Dahil sa akin. Nagalit ako dahil na-late yung ibang cast. Sabi ko tigilan na natin ito. So pinatigil ko yung show. Hindi naman nila magawa na wala ako,” he said. 

Not many people know that the “Eat Bulaga” host is very particular with punctuality on the set. He only had one rule though that is to advise the production if tardiness could not be avoided. 

“Kasi yung ibang artista sinungaling. Nasaan ka na? Pagtinanong mo nandito na ako sa EDSA. Pero actually nasa Bulacan pa yun,” he stressed. 

“Tutoo ito,” he said. “Seryoso ako. So tatawag ka lang.”

What happened in the “T.O.D.A.S” set was that he was told of a cast member failing to make it on time because the younger actor prioritized date over work. 

“So ayun, pinasara ko. Sabi ko, ‘tama na, tigilan na natin ito. Wala ng taping next week,” he said.

“My Teacher,” an official entry to the 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival 2022, will be showing on Christmas day. 

Image: Joey de Leon via @angpoetniyo Instagram



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