Fans want Ruffa to stay in ‘The Buzz’

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — The new Sunday showbiz talk show of GMA7 hosted by Pia Guanio, Raymond Gutierrez and John Lapus, has yet to make an impressive showing in the ratings game.

Ranged against the formidable “The Buzz,” the ratings of “Showbiz Central” had been flip-flopping. It only had a rating of 12 percent on its pilot episode, then plummeted to 8.5 percent on its second week. On its third week last Sunday, it got a rating of 14 percent on Mega Manila (“The Buzz” got 16.2).

We asked Boy Abunda how he feels about the ratings game.

“In my long years in the business, it’s always good to have competition. Sometimes you are up. Sometimes you are down. If you are on top, it feels good. If you are down, you’ve got to do something well to improve your standing,” says the host of “The Buzz.”

“I’ve been in both. Hindi ka dapat magmayabang. Hindi ka dapat magsalita ng tapos. Para itong gulong na napakabilis. The more options we offer our public, the better.”

How do you feel about the personal crisis that Ruffa Gutierrez is now going through?

“Ang galing niya magdala ng problema. I’ve been with her for three weeks, wala akong napapansin,” says Boy. “It was a fairytale wedding and marriage. So somehow, being the big part of the public, you’d wish they’d live happily ever after.”

Boy senses Ruffa is in pain. It’s not easy what Ruffa is going through. When Boy talked to Ruffa last Saturday at the Intercon Hotel, he wanted to know the spirit of the interview he’d do with her on “The Buzz.” He wanted to know what questions he can’t ask. But are there any questions he can’t ask?

If Kris Aquino returns to “The Buzz,” what happens to Ruffa?

“I don’t know. Pero I wish we could still be all together, me, Kris and Ruffa, to continue to host the show,” says Boy. Many followers of “The Buzz” are saying that they want Ruffa to remain as host even if Kris comes back.

“I’d be happy to work with both of them.”