The former Kapamilya hunk signed a three year contract with TV5 Tuesday, April 10 at the Edsa Shangri-La hotel in Mandaluyong City. Present during the contract signing were TV5 President Ray Espinosa, TV5 Creative and Entertainment head Perci Intalan, and Derek’s manager Joji Dingcong.
In an interview with Radyo5 News FM, Derek confirmed that his first project with the Kapatid network will be “The Amazing Race Philippines.”
“Magsu-submit nga kami ng kaibigan ko ng tape para maging contestant (for “The Amazing Race”). Ngayon, ako yung magho-host so sobrang blessed ako,” he said.
Derek said his decision was based on the projects TV5 offered him, explaining they were “closer to my passion.” “Walang kinalaman ang numero dito,” he said.
In an interview with Yahoo! Philippines OMG! last week, Dingcong said Derek was also offered by TV5 to host the Philippine primer to this year’s summer Olympics.
“Money is secondary (Derek comes from a well-to-do family). They (TV5) offered Derek a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Great Britain is his second country ( Derek is half-British, half-Filipino),” Dingcong said.