MANILA – ABS-CBN’s showbiz-oriented talk show “The Buzz” will temporarily be going off the air after its 16-year run.
This was announced by co-host Boy Abunda on the show on Sunday.
Noting that its hosts, producers and audience have all evolved, Abunda said they have decided “to stop today and then come back strong and be the best of what we can be.”
“The world has changed and ang pamamaraan ng news reporting, and that includes showbiz news reporting, ay nabago na rin po. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit pansamantala kami ay mawawala sa ere. We want to take a few steps backward para makita namin ng mas malinaw kung sino kami, nasaan kami, kung sino kayo at kung nasaan na po kayo. Para sa aming pagbabalik ay isang malaking pagbabago ang inyong aabangan,” he said.
Despite this, Abunda admitted that a part of him “died today.”
“Hindi po ako magkukunwari na okay ako. Hindi po ako magkukunwari na hindi ako nasasaktan. Hindi ako magkukunwari na I am not hurting, that I am not bleeding inside because I am. It’s very painful dahil naging karelasyon po namin kayo for 16 years… we’ve been together for a long time. Pero yung decision po na mawala muna pansamantala sa ere ang ‘The Buzz’ ay isang decision na kailangan at tama,” he said.
After the program aired its final episode, ABS-CBN released ots official statement on "The Buzz."
"After more than 15 years of unparalleled credibility as Philippine television's leading showbiz-oriented talk show, 'The Buzz' takes a break after its April 5,2015 episode. The program recognizes the evolution in showbiz news reporting, and to cope with it, 'The Buzz' deems it a necessary step to reinvent to start anew. Showbiz news will never die. The showbiz talk genre remains," the statement read.
"Since the program began, 'The Buzz' has gained the authority of being the premiere source of truthful and balanced entertainment news for the Filipino audience worldwide. As the program bids farewell for now, 'The Buzz' would like to thank its loyal viewers for the support they have given the show in its entire run. See you again soon," it added.
Meanwhile, Abunda vowed that they will return because “showbiz news is here to stay and the talk show genre is here to stay.”
“We will come back individually or as group—hindi ko po alam. But the showbiz news talk show genre is not going to die. It’s going to continue. Yun po ang dahilan kung bakit napagkaisahan naming lahat that the best way is to stop today. And then come back strong and be the best of what we can be,” he said.
No date was announced as to when “The Buzz” will return on air.