Atom Araullo leaves ABS-CBN for GMA

Perhaps the biggest story yesterday (other than Jinggoy Estrada posting bail for plunder) was this - Atom Araullo has left ABS-CBN!

Many were saddened by Atom's surprise announcement yesterday on 'Umagang Kay Ganda' that he's leaving the show and the Kapamilya network, his home for more than 10 years.

Immediately after the announcement, the 34-year-old well-loved and award-winning news personality posted this photo on Instagram with a caption that tells the reason why he made such big decision.

@atomaraullo: "Working with ABS-CBN for over a decade has been an amazing adventure. However, the time has come to explore emerging opportunities and challenges beyond the organization. Although I am taking a new path, I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the
company that helped me become the journalist I am today. To all the hardworking men and women of ABS-CBN, maraming maraming salamat :)"

Atom did mention about exploring other opportunities and taking a new path.

It hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but the new path and other opportunities he mentioned could be his rumored transfer to the rival network, GMA 7.

On the same morning Atom bid Kapamilya viewers goodbye, GMA News' Arnold Clavio, Susan and Mike Enriquez asked listeners to guess in their "SINO?" segment of their radio show on DZBB Super Radyo about a news personality who is set to transfer to GMA. The exact question was: "SINO?: NEWS PERSONALITY, LILIPAT SA KAPUSO NETWORK".

Clue given was name starting with A, and people were quick to guess it's Atom!

Eat Bulaga! host Ruby Rodriguez also posted a tweet that she saw Atom outside GMA lobby that same morning, while she was on her way to EB studio. She even welcomed Atom in her tweet.

Photo of Atom while taping for his Kapuso show at the GMA lobby is also circulating online.

GMA Network is yet to confirm all of these, but the fact that an article about celebs' reactions to Atom leaving ABS-CBN has been posted in its official site could hint about the big switch. (Why would they care reporting about it, right?)

Atom reportedly will be officially welcomed to the Kapuso network anytime next week.

He is actually just returning to GMA. His first TV show in the network was '5 and Up' during his teenage years and already had a sports segment for 24 Oras in 2005. -

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