Amidst the news of Kim Atienza’s network transfer, rumors of talk show host Boy Abunda also moving to a new station this year also spread online. This was immediately denied by The Best Talk host in an interview wth ABS-CBN News last September 29.
“Maybe because Kim is moving and there is a teaser about somebody moving to 7, it may have something to do with it, parang ganun. So as we talk now, No is the answer. Nahiya lang ako kasi. At saka another reason is, people must not forget, pero ang mga bagets baka hindi ito alam, I started in channel 7. I spent my first 10 years, 11 years in channel 7. And then I moved to ABS-CBN. Ito yung maaaring dahilan kung bakit napapag-usapan ako.
Boy Abunda confirms he had past dicussions with other networks, including GMA-7.
"Pero nothing happened, nothing came out of it, because it is too early in the game. Ang sinasabi ko, naghihintay ako hangga't magkaroon ng prangkisa ang ABS-CBN," he says. @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/zsgFQ2FPE0
— Miguel Dumaual (@migueldumaual) September 29, 2021
During his interview with Miguel Dumaual, Tito Boy did not deny that he had already been in talks with various networks in the past but he did not commit to any transfer. As of now, the veteran host said he is hopeful that ABS-CBN will regain its franchise about being shut down last year.
“Hindi ko itinatatwa na may mga pag-uusap. Hindi totoo na lilipat ako ngayon pero ang totoo ay hindi ko itinatatwa na merong mga pag-uusap in the past with people connected to various stations. Pero nothing happened. Nothing came out of it because too early in the game. Ang sinasabi ko nag-aantay ako hanggang magkaroon ng frankisa ang ABS-CBN. Pero mahirap magsalita ng patapos di ba? But right now the answer is no,” he added.
When asked during the interview if he was bothered by the reaction online to his rumored transfer, Tito Boy analyzed the various reactions from netizens.
“Number one, that’s normal. That’s ancillary to what competition is all about. Number two, makikita mo yung pagmamahal ng marami sa ABS-CBN. Going by what you said na marami ang na-a-alarma, and this is not to say na walang audience ang channel 7. So it’s also to a certain point divided. Ako naman I’m okay with polarization. Normal yan eh. Maka-Nora ako, maka-Vilma, maka-Kathryn, maka-Liza. Yung ganun. Pero lang ako, ako sana lang dumating ang point na even if we are polarized, hindi masyadong matigas. Yung merong puwang for listening. May puwang for conversation with humility and civility. Hindi kinakailangan mag-away at magsiraan. A discourse with civility and humility para magkarinigan tayong dalawa,” he explained.
JUST IN: Boy Abunda denies he is set to switch networks, contrary to rumors.— Miguel Dumaual (@migueldumaual) September 29, 2021
He confirms past talks with other chanels — "But I'm still waiting for ABS-CBN to have free TV."
"Kung walang-wala na talaga, mag-a-apply na ako sa iba. Pero sa ngayon, hindi totoo 'yun." @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/vAnB5LyEgN
With a career that has spanned over 27 years, Tito Boy’s work has been seen in television, film, and in print, having already written three books for ABS-CBN Publishing. This year, he went digital with the launch of his own YouTube channel and a program on Kumu called The Best Talk.