Here Are 22 Artists Who Had Controversial Network Transfers

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  • Certain celebrities would change their paths to have a fresh start.
  • Some decisions bring consequences in their lives.
  • Some choices lead them back to where they belong.

LionhearTV listed down actors am actresses (in no particular order) who transferred from one TV station (ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5) to another.

1. Aiai delas Alas

After two decades of being a Kapamilya star, Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas left ABS-CBN. She went back to GMA Network where she currently hosts Sunday PinaSaya and became one of the judges of the singing contest, The Clash.

2. Dolphy

The late King of Comedy Dolphy transferred to TV5 in 2010. According to reports, Dolphy said he was waiting for a job for three years as he still wanted to work. Although he loves ABS-CBN, he wanted to move on. Dolphy promised that whenever ABS-CBN needs him, he will “be here.”

3. Derek Ramsay

In 2012, Derek Ramsay transferred from ABS-CBN to TV5. ABS-CBN released a statement where it said that they exerted efforts to make the actor stay a Kapamilya.

The statement also said, “TV5, however, offered him an amount that was difficult for him to refuse.”

In 2014, Derek had a movie with John Estrada and Cristine Reyes, Trophy Wife. John and Cristine were contract stars of ABS-CBN which made it possible for them to promote the movie in the network.

They, however, are allegedly prohibited to mention Derek’s name as a member of the cast. At a press conference, Derek expressed his dismay at being banned in the network.

4. Sharon Cuneta

Megastar Sharon Cuneta transferred to Tv5 when it revitalized itself. After 23 years in ABS-CBN, Sharon signed a 5-year contract with the Kapatid network. Only after three years, Sharon pre-terminated her contract with TV5 and went back home to ABS-CBN.

5. Christian Bautista

Christian Bautista was a finalist of Star in a Million, an ABS-CBN talent search reality show. In 2013, Christian signed a three-year guaranteed contract with GMA Network, which he renewed in April 2018.

He became a part of the Sunday noontime variety show, Party Pilipinas. He, then, starred in Kapuso drama series such as Strawberry Lane, My Mother’s Secret, Encantadia, My Love from the Star and now Pamilya Roces.

6. Willie Revillame

ABS-CBN’s Wowowee hosted by Willie Revillame became an instant hit against its rival Kapuso noontime show Eat Bulaga. In 2010, ABS-CBN decided to end the airing of Wowowee which led Willie to an indefinite hiatus before ending his contract.

Three months after his absence, Willie turned to Tv5 with his team. ABS-CBN filed a copyright infringement suit against Willie, Wil Productions, Inc. and TV5 for allegedly copying Wowowee with his new show, Willing Willie (later renamed Wil Time Bigtime).

After the cancellation of Wil Time Bigtime, Willie’s new show Wowowillie premiered in January 2013 but was later cancelled in October of the same year due to poor ratings. In 2015, Willie left TV5 and transferred to GMA Network where he launched Wowowin.

7. John Estrada

John Estrada has been an actor and talent of ABS-CBN since 1991. He went from a kontrabida of a drama series to a comedian in a sitcom and TV host of a noontime show. John and The Good Son co-star Mylene Dizon were involved in an issue.

After the said issue, he left ABS-CBN and transferred to GMA Network where he gave life to Loki in Victor Magtanggol.

8. Kris Aquino

After 22 years as one of ABS-CBN’s top stars, Queen of All Media Kris Aquino decided to leave and make a TV project with APT. Entertainment, Inc. which is associated with GMA Network.

In September 2016, Kris revealed that she was set to renew her contract with ABS-CBN in February that year.

The contract signing was postponed due to death threats which she wanted to take seriously and health issues she wanted to recover from. Kris and the corporation had an agreement that they would talk again after her well-deserved rest. They spoke in July that year where there was no definite show and no assured time frame of her return on-air.

In 2017, Kris hosted her own Kapuso show, Trip ni Kris. She later had guest appearances in the network’s shows such as Eat Bulaga and Vampire ang Daddy Ko.

9. Jason Abalos

Jason Abalos was built up by ABS-CBN where he was a contestant in Star Circle Quest 2004. He became one of the network’s leading men. After 13 years, Jason decided to leave ABS-CBN and transfer to GMA Network in 2017. He later starred in The One That Got Away and now stars in Asawa Ko Karibal Ko with fellow former Kapamilya Rayver Cruz.

10. Rayver Cruz

Rayver Cruz was in ABS-CBN for eighteen years where he was one of the network’s reliable artists. In September 2018, he made a year-long decision to transfer from ABS-CBN to GMA Network for a fresh new start. He now stars in Asawa Ko Karibal Ko with fellow former Kapamilya Jason Abalos.

11. Atom Araullo

Atom Araullo became a host of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda. He had other shows as a news reporter such as: Red Alert, TV Patrol, Bandila and ANC. After 12 years, Atom decided to transfer from ABS-CBN to GMA Network in 2017. He became a news anchor in 24 Oras and had his own shows, The Atom Araullo Specials and Adulting with Atom Araullo.

12. Claudine Barretto

Claudine Barretto was considered one of the biggest talents of Star Magic, ABS-CBN’s talent management agency. In 2009, Claudine had rift with other Star Magic talents which led her to leave her home network and transfer to GMA Network.

13. Heart Evangelista

After being on and off the scene for three years in ABS-CBN, Heart Evangelista transferred to GMA Network in 2008. According to some reports, Heart wanted a fresh start from all the issues she experienced that year. The issues include her relationship with Jericho Rosales and a fight with her parents.

Heart’s former manager, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, was upset at her decision and claimed to feel degraded with the actress’ move. Heart went on to have a lot of projects as a Kapuso star.

14. Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin had iconic TV projects and roles in GMA Network since 2002. She became an icon for fantasy series such as Mulawin, Darna, Majika and Asian Treasures. In 2008, Angel transferred to ABS-CBN where she continued to have more projects in all genres.

15. Iza Calzado

Grief and pain became Iza Calzado’s fuel to leave GMA Network. Her father, Lito Calzado, died and her relationship with Atticus King came to an end in 2011.

She closed a chapter in her life with a network transfer to ABS-CBN. She became a host of The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles. Then, Iza starred in Hawak Kamay, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, A Love to Last and now has a current show, Ngayon at Kailanman.

16. Aljur Abrenica

Aljur Abrenica was a product of the Kapuso reality talent show, Star Struck, in 2006. He won as Ultimate Hunk and was groomed to be a versatile performer. After 11 years, Aljur became a certified Kapamilya. He starred in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and Asintado.

17. Ogie Alcasid

Ogie Alcasid spent nearly two decades in GMA Network. He found his new home in TV5 where he only stayed for three years. He returned to ABS-CBN where he jump started his showbiz career 25 years ago.

18. Richard Gutierrez

Richard Gutierrez became one of GMA Network’s roster of leading men. He started his career in GMA Network in 1999. He starred in fantasy and action series such as Mulawin, Sugo, Captain Barbell, Kamandag, Codename: Asero and Zorro.

In 2016, Richard had a project in TV5 where he became Ang Panday’s Flavio. In 2017, Richard received an offer from ABS-CBN which he accepted saying, “I’ll be stupid to refuse.”

19. Karylle

Karylle’s network transfer was one of the most controversial topics in 2008. Fans speculated that her decision to leave GMA Network and transfer to ABS-CBN was because of her break-up with Dingdong Dantes who was always paired up with his now-wife, Marian Rivera. Karylle and Dingdong were in a relationship for three years which ended abruptly.

20. Jaya

Musical variety shows like SOP, Party Pilipinas and Sunday All Stars‘ demise made Kapuso singers and performers to stop having a platform on television that would usually give them regular exposure. Jaya realized this and was shaken when she found out that Sunday All Stars was bowing out to make way for Sunday PinaSaya, a live comedy program.

At a press conference in 2016, Jaya revealed that she didn’t just lose her job she felt like she lost her “sense of direction.” Because of the unexpected turn of events, Jaya decided to leave GMA Network and sign with Cornerstone Talents where she was able to have projects in ABS-CBN. She became a judge in It’s Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan and perform in ASAP.

21. Jolina Magdangal

Jolina Magdangal was a teen idol in the late 90s and early 2000s. She risked her career to explore something new. In 2002, she decided to leave her home network, ABS-CBN, to transfer to its rival GMA Network.

Jolina, however, had her fame vanish when she became a Kapuso. Although she remained a Kapuso for twelve years, Jolina came back home in 2014. Her grand comeback made way for her to become a regular host of the morning show, Magandang Buhay.

22. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid recently transferred to ABS-CBN after two decades in GMA Network. She signed a contract with ABS-CBN on October 17, Wednesday. After months of speculations, ABS-CBN welcomed Regine with a grand media press conference with red carpet and live reporting.

Kapamilya employees went down from their offices to personally welcome Regine to the network. Regine is set to judge Search for the Idol Philippines in 2019. She is already bound to sing the theme song for The General’s Daughter and ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID. She is already set to perform in ASAP and star in a sitcom with her husband, Ogie Alcasid.

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ABS-CBN4370 AiAi Delas Alas79 Aljur Abrenica195 Angel Locsin495 Atom Araullo100 Christian Bautista80 Claudine Barretto62 Controversial network transfers1 Derek Ramsay90 Dolphy36 GMA Network2278 Heart Evangelista194 Iza Calzado154 Jason Abalos58 Jaya27 John Estrada98 Jolina Magdangal93 Karylle95 Kris Aquino508 Ogie Alcasid190 Rayver Cruz69 Regine Velasquez290 Richard Gutierrez228 Sharon Cuneta152 TV5116 Willie Revillame165