Netizens have different views regarding King of Talk Boy Abunda’s old statement which takes on new meaning now that ABS-CBN is facing franchise renewal troubles.
Entertainment columnist Ronnie Carrasco recently shared in his article that Tito Boy once told him in the past: “Alam mo, Ron, I have a feeling I’ll end up in GMA.”
Carrasco recalled that it happened some 10 or so years ago when he was invited by the King of Talk fo a possible writing job opening with an online site that was affiliated with ABS-CBN.
After the briefing, the columnist stated that their conversation jumped from one topic to another which led Abunda to drop a hint that he will return to his former network. At that time, Tito Boy had already transferred to ABS-CBN.
According to Carrasco, Asia’s King of Talk also said, “don’t burn bridges” as if he knew in his heart that GMA Network is his end game.
On February 21, the 64-year old host hosted a dinner for Ai-Ai Delas Alas with GMA executives. The prominent host got slammed and bashed by netizens because of the said dinner which happened at the same time with the ABS-CBN rally.
Many netizens mistook his actions which led them to doubt the loyalty and promise of Tito Boy to his mother to support and fight for ABS-CBN that is currently facing franchise renewal issues.
Carrasco added that even though Abunda had not yet expressed his contingency plan in the event that ABS-CBN faces a shutdown, he is sure that the latter will do teaching jobs as the latter has long dreamt of becoming a part of the academe like his late mother, Nanay Lesing.
Tito Boy has been with the Kapamilya Network for over 20 years now. However, the talk show host had his first showbiz talk show with GMA Network called Show and Tell way back in 1994.
Before he gained prominence, he was the Public Relations Consultant of the Kapuso Network.
He then became the host of Show and Tell, a late-night variety talk show with Gretchen Barretto. He also hosted Startalk also known as Startalk: The Only Showbiz Authority and Startalk TX, an entertainment talk show in 1995 with Lolit Solis, Joey de Leon, Butch Francisco, Ricky Lo and Heart Evangelista.
He then moved to GMA Network’s competitor, ABS-CBN in 1999 in which he hosted The Buzz, Private Conversations, Homeboy, Kontrobersyal, SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon, and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda. He is currently hosting the late-night talk show Tonight With Boy Abunda.
After months of slow action, the House of Representatives has finally scheduled its first hearing on the bills filed at the Congress which are all seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN which will be happening on March 10. However, House Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano clarified that the hearing will focus on his proposal for National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to make sure that ABS-CBN can still operate on-air while its franchise bills are pending in Congress.