Joey de Leon recently made waves online after he made insensitive comments about depression. Fortunately, the outspoken variety show host has since learned the error of his ways and issued a public apology on “Eat Bulaga.”
The topic of depression was brought up on Thursday, October 5, when the “sugod bahay gang” hosts Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza visited the house of a lucky winner who revealed that she was suffering from depression.
Maine Mendoza took a stand on the issue by saying that it was a serious issue because there are a lot of people who suffer from this disorder. Joey de Leon dismissed depression by claiming that the winner was just making it up.
“Hindi biro yun ah, yung depression. Hindi siya joke kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganon, lalo na sa mga kabataan. Kaya dapat kapag may nakakaranas ng ganon, bigyan natin ng suporta,” Maine stated.
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De Leon then rebutted with, “hindi, wag niyong suportahan, gawa-gawa lang niya yun, pabayaan niyo…nagpapasosyal lang.”
He then added, “Pag mayaman, depression. Pag mahirap, wala, wala ka nang pag-asa sa buhay.”
Because of Joy’s insensitive and ignorant comments, many netizens said that the host should educate himself about the topic at hand before talking about it in such a dismissive manner.
Yesterday, October 6, Joey de Leon issued an apology on air during the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment. Below is an excerpt of his apology.
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“Dala ng gulo at tuksuhan natin, naging mababaw lang at magaan ang pagtanggap ko sa salitang 'yan.”
“Hanggang nabanggit ko nga 'yung 'Wala, gawa-gawa lang 'yan ng ibang tao.' 'Yun kasi ang paniniwala ko na ang stress tsaka depression, halos magkapantay lamang. Huwag niyong asahan na alam ko ang lahat ng bagay sa mundo.”
“Habang nabubuhay po tayo eh natututo tayo ng mga bagong mga bagay-bagay. Nagkamali po ako.”
The host then narrated that his wife, Eileen, together with their children lectured him about depression. He states that they corrected him by clarifying the difference between stress and depression. He said that he was embarrassed after knowing that he has people close to them who actually suffer from this disorder.
“So ako'y nanghihingi ng paumanhin sa mga napaitan sa mga nabanggit ko at humihingi ng inyong unawa.”
De Leon also have apologized to Maine the night prior to issuing his public apology.
"Kung may maidudulot mang mabuti 'yung aking pagkakamali, sana mabuksan ang maraming pinto sa pagtalakay sa issue na ito. Hindi ko alam na ganu'n kalawak at kalalim pala iyon. Akala ko, stress lang."
"So uli, humihingi po ako ng kapatawaran sa mga nasaktan, nagalit. I'm sorry at may kasabihan naman tayo na, 'Mapait man ang ugat ng karunungan o edukasyon, karaniwan namang matamis ang binubunga nito.”
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