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Billy Crawford, Coleen Garcia planned to leave country after ABS-CBN shutdown

/ 12:22 PM December 15, 2020

Billy Crawford opened up on the impact that the ABS-CBN shutdown had on him, admitting that he had to consider other plans because of the loss of jobs.

“It was a lot of depressing moments,” he told Luchi Cruz-Valdes on “Usapang Real Life” last Saturday, Dec. 12, appearing alongside his wife, Coleen Garcia.

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“I’m not gonna lie, there are a lot of nights that I cried. There are a lot of nights that I called most of my friends at ABS,” he recalled.

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The network was denied a franchise renewal by Congress last July. Crawford described it as a “dark period for everyone at ABS-CBN.” At the time, he and Garcia were expecting their first child, who was born in September.

“I’m planning to sell everything and gonna move out of this country,” he admitted.

“Wala, e (There was nothing), I didn’t have a job,” he reasoned. “And if I did, it wasn’t really sustainable. I couldn’t sustain my family.”

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Like other Kapamilya artists, Crawford made the move to TV5. By September, it was announced that he would host “The Masked Singer.” He also co-hosts the variety show “Lunch Out Loud.”

Despite the opportunities he got in a competing network, he says he remains friends with his Kapamilya co-stars. In fact, he and Vice Ganda had a heart-to-heart and shared their love for each other before Crawford’s new shows began airing. Niña V. Guno /ra

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