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Boy Abunda: “Everybody has become a critic. Everybody has become a commentator.”

“Pero ang kalaban naman natin, yung mga artista at mga public figure. Sila mismo, ginagamit na rin yung platform. Hindi katulad noon, hinahabol natin ang reaksiyon,” Abunda continued.

  • Boy Abunda talked about social media effect on showbiz talk shows.
  • Boy Abunda believed social media greatly affected showbiz talk shows.

In an interview with Pep.ph during his contract signing as an official spokesperson and level-up ambassador of AMA Online Education postgraduate courses, Abunda talked about social media and how it affected talk shows in the country.

According to Tito Boy, with the advent of social media, everyone has become a host and social media platforms have become the talk shows.

“Social media has become the talk show engine dahil everybody has become—this is a bit of exaggeration—everybody has become a host.

“Everybody has become a critic. Everybody has become a commentator,” said Abunda.

Tito Boy also added that social media now offers everything that a regular talk show has except for the in-depth analysis.

“Lahat ng mga ginagawa natin sa mga talk shows dati ay nagagawa na, except siguro analysis, dahil it would require experience and access to the newsmakers na wala ang iba.

“Even artists and celebrities are now accessible through social media, far different before when talk shows needed to run after them for reactions about issues and controversies they are linked.

“Pero ang kalaban naman natin, yung mga artista at mga public figure. Sila mismo, ginagamit na rin yung platform. Hindi katulad noon, hinahabol natin ang reaksiyon,” Abunda continued.

However, The Kapamilya host don’t want to believe that social media caused the demise of showbiz talk shows. For him, social media has greatly affected showbiz talk shows but it didn’t put an end to the trend because he’s still doing Tonight With Boy Abunda.

“Ayokong sabihin na siya ang pumatay. Buhay si Letterman sa Netflix, buhay si Jada Pinkett-Smith.

“Sa Pilipinas, nakaapekto nang malaki. I’m still doing it on Tonight with Boy Abunda to the best I can, but it has taken the form of a late-night talk show na showbiz ang materyal. Nakaapekto ito nang malaki, pero yung patay kasi may be too harsh, because hindi natin alam kung saan iikot, e.” said Tito Boy.

Before the emergence of social media, showbiz talk shows in the country were doing great. Weekend afternoons will not be complete without the latest explosive news and controversies about the biggest stars.

However, with the fast-paced landscape of social media, breaking news that were usually done by showbiz talk shows are now easily circulated on social media.

But recently, netizens saw the need for the resurgence of shows like The Buzz because social media does not provide the in-depth analysis that showbiz talk shows can.

Speculations about the return of The Buzz gained ground after ABS-CBN executive Roxy Luquigan tweeted an ANCX article asking for its TV comeback.



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