GRACE LEE QUITS SHOW ON RADIO MAGIC 89.9 / LEE: PNoy NOT REASON

MANILA,
MARCH 11,
2012 (ABS-CBN)
Korean TV and radio personality Grace Lee is leaving her morning show on radio station Magic 89.9.

This was confirmed by Andrew Santiago, station manager of Magic 89.9.

Lee also said in her official Twitter account that she will properly say goodbye in her morning show, "Good Times," on Thursday.

In her supposed e-mail for co-host DJ Mo Twister dated March 6, 2012 that has been going around online, Lee said that for the past month, she has been “emotionally struggling.”

“I realized the our show requires me to be who I am; but lately it's been difficult when everyone wants to twist or put malice into things that I would normally say,” she said.

Lee said she “realized that at this point in time I'm not capable of handling the format of our morning show. The show has given me a wonderful, fun four years; but I believe the time has come for me to exit.”

While she is leaving her morning radio show, it is not clear whether she will just tranfer to another program or leave the station permanently.

Lee is currently dating President Benigno Aquino III.

Below is the complete supposed e-mail of Lee to Mo.

Hi Mo,

Composed a long email and found out my dog chewed on our internet cable. Hay. Well, I have been contemplating this for quite some time and with the recent happenings in my life I guess it just fast-tracked my decision-making. As you already know the past month has been really stressful and emotionally I have been struggling. I realized the our show requires me to be who I am; but lately it's been difficult when everyone wants to twist or put malice into things that I would normally say.

I admit I have been extra sensitive to things and I know you can sense it and so can the listeners. I have realized that at this point in time I'm not capable of handling the format of our morning show. The show has given me a wonderful, fun four years; but I believe the time has come for me to exit.

I hope you understand and rest-assured I will always be indebted to this show you pioneered. I will talk to the management regarding my decision and on Thursday drop by the show to properly say goodbye to our listeners. Thank you again Mo for making everything possible this show has changed my life.

- Grace Lee March 6, 2012 12:17 a.m.

Lee: PNoy not reason for leaving morning show By Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 03/08/2012 11:13 AM | Updated as of 03/08/2012 7:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Korean radio and television personality Grace Lee formally bade farewell to her morning radio show "Good Times" on Thursday.

Lee said her decision to leave the program has nothing to do with her dating relationship with President Benigno Aquino III.

"Of course not. A lot of people have been asking me...the reason why it was difficult for me to break it, to tell the management that I was leaving... But it has nothing to do with it," she said.

Lee then explained that she only told the President about her decision on Wednesday.

"In fact, he doesn't even know that I would be leaving the show up until yesterday. I didn't even tell him up until yesterday. And it's funny because I told him yesterday and he was like, 'why are you leaving?' He just asked why, and I explained," she said.

The 29-year-old Korean added that she had been planning to leave the show since last year.

Meanwhile, Lee thanked her station and all the people she worked with during her last day on "Good Times."

"Mo (Twister), you have opened so many doors for me and this show has done so much for me, and I will always be grateful. To Magic 89.9, to our boss, staff... you all stood by me and defended me," she said.

In her supposed e-mail to co-host DJ Mo Twister dated March 6, 2012, Lee said that for the past month, she has been "emotionally struggling."

“I realized that our show requires me to be who I am; but lately it's been difficult when everyone wants to twist or put malice into things that I would normally say,” she said.

Lee said she “realized that at this point in time I'm not capable of handling the format of our morning show. The show has given me a wonderful, fun, four years but I believe the time has come for me to exit.”

The Korean assured that she will remain a part of the Magic 89.9 family. "I'm not leaving Magic, I'm just leaving the show," she said.

FROM PHILIPPINE ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL (PEP)

Grace Lee says she will no longer answer questions about PNoy: "Kasi I'm really trying to be as normal as possible." Gorgy Rula Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:43AM

Iniiwasan na ni Grace Lee na pag-usapan si Presidente Noynoy Aquino, ito ang sinabi niya sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa isang panayam nuong nakaraang Huwebes, ang huling araw niya sa radio program na Good Times sa Magic 89.9.

"No more questions about the President, kasi I'm really trying to be as normal as possible and the more you ask me about it, it isn't..."

Matagal nag-isip ang Korean radio/TV celebrity ngunit hindi niya itinuloy ang kanyang sasabihin.

Gayun pa man, sinundan ito ng media ng mga tanong at tukso na siya na raw ang First Lady, na kaagad niyang sinagot ng, "Let's not go there...no details, no details so that's all I'm gonna say about that."

Matipid din ang sagot niya sa pagtatagpo nila ni Kris Aquino dahil ayaw na raw niyang idetalye pa ito.

"We were introduced over dinner," pakli nito.

"Mabait siya at saka very interesting.

"She's such a wonderful person and she's so fun to talk to parang hindi kami nauubusan ng kuwento, 'cause magkatabi lang kami and kasama niya yung anak niya and of course he's [Bimby] so adorable also."

Hindi naman daw sasabihing naging close sila agad ng kontrobersyal na Presidential sister, pero mabait daw ito sa kanya.

"For me, it was parang...it was more than I expected [because] you know, she's Kris Aquino and all that, and I didn't expect her to be so candid with me...so open, mabait siya," dagdag na pahayag ni Grace.

Hanggang dun na lang ang puwedeng maisagot ni Grace tungkol sa pagkaka-link niya kay PNoy.

Inaasahan niyang pagkatapos niyang mag-resign sa radio program nila ni DJ Mo Twister ay medyo matatahimik na siya.

Muli niyang nilinaw na wala raw kinalaman sa pagkaka-link niya sa Presidente ang pag-resign niya sa Good Times.

Pero nuong nakaraang Miyerkules lang daw niya naikwento kay PNoy tungkol sa kanyang pag-resign sa naturang programa.

"Of course I have to inform him of certain changes in my career, sinabi ko sa kanya kahapon to let him know.

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

Grace meets Kris By ALEX VALENTIN BROSAS March 10, 2012, 4:24am

MANILA, Philippines - Controversial radio deejay and TV host Grace Lee has finally met loquacious presidential sister Kris Aquino over dinner.

“Ikinuwento ni Grace ang pagkikita nila ni Kris Aquino. Sa isang dinner raw sila nagkakilala,” Nelson Canlas reported on “24 Oras,” March 8.

The meeting, by Grace’s account, went very well.

“She’s so fun to talk to,” Grace intimated. “Parang hindi siya nauubusan ng kuwento ‘coz magkatabi lang kami. Kasama niya ‘yung anak niya. He’s so adorable also.”

Her first encounter with Kris has been “more than I expected,” Grace said.

“Kasi, you know, she’s Kris Aquino and all that and I didn’t expect her to be so candid with me, so open. Mabait siya,” she explained.

Was she intimidated having personally met the youngest sister of her rumored suitor President Noynoy Aquino?

Grace said she’s far from that.

“Knowing him and knowing the family, inisip ko na parang, ‘Hey, if she comes from this kind of family maybe there’s no reason for me to be intimidated.’”

Nelson also reported, “Nakiusap si Grace na ‘wag nang magtanong tungkol sa panliligaw sa kanya ni President Noynoy. Pero sa kanyang matatamis na ngiti [ay] tila masasalamin ang kanyang makulay at masayang love life.”

The report also delved on Grace’s resignation from her early morning radio show with Mo Twister.

“Naging madamdamin ang pamamaalam ni Grace Lee sa kanyang programa sa Magic 89.9 kaninang umaga. Hindi kinumpleto ni Grace ang kanyang shift at thirty minutes lang ang inilagi sa show. Matapos basahin ni Grace ang kanyang inihandang liham para sa kanyang listeners [ay] naluha ang celebrity DJ,” the report said.

“Nilinaw ni Grace na sa morning show lang siya nag-resign at hindi niya iiwan ang radio station.”

When asked if she resigned from the radio show because of MoTwister, Grace replied in the negative.

So, was it the president Noynoy Aquino that caused her to resign?

An emphatic “No, no, talaga,” was her curt reply.

Although she had already told the radio station’s management as early as last week that she was planning to resign, which was why she had not been on the show since Monday, Grace shared that she only informed the president about her decision “only yesterday.”

Grace felt obligated “to inform him of certain changes in my career.”

“Sinabi ko sa kanya kahapon to let him know,” she added.

“He just, you know, asked me why. And then I explained to him and then he understands,” Grace said of the president’s reaction.


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