- Johnny Manahan felt regretful for dragging Piolo Pascual and Maja Salvador into TV5’s Sunday Noontime Live (SNL)
- He said the two were initially apprehensive in leaving ABS-CBN but he convinced them
- Manahan was the director of ASAP for 25 years before moving to TV5’s SNL
Johnny Manahan had to apologize to some celebrities following the cancellation of TV5’s Sunday Noontime Live (SNL).
Johnny Manahan or Mr. M apologized to Piolo Pascual and Maja Salvador after the musical-variety show SNL was cancelled. Mr. M was the director of ABS-CBN’s ASAP for 25 years before he was offered to direct SNL from the rival network.
He revealed that when he was offered the job, he asked Piolo and Maja to join him on TV5. Unfortunately, SNL lasted only for three months.
Mr. M admitted in a report from Pep that he felt regretful for dragging Piolo and Maja into TV5 and leaving their home network. “Kaya hiyang-hiya ako sa dalawa, e. I talked to them and I said, ‘I’m so sorry for dragging you into this.'”
“Even if they assured us at least six months, nine months pa nga dapat, e,” he added.
According to Mr. M, both Piolo and Maja initially had reservations with the offer but eventually agreed. He noted that Piolo didn’t even need the job but accepted it because of him.
“But they did it because I asked. I said, ‘I’m here. Maybe we can do something there at Channel 5. Might be fun going up against ABS-CBN!'” Mr. M said in jest.
Mr. M even disclosed going against ABS-CBN’s ASAP was not an easy task but they worked hard on it. On their first few episodes, SNL rated higher until the network’s weaknesses appeared.
He revealed, “Then the weaknesses of Channel 5 began to show – their signal, some people didn’t even know Channel 5 was on the air. They don’t have everything, all the elements, in place, not like ABS.”
SNL aired its first episode on October 18, 2020 and ended January 17, 2021.