MANILA - Kris Aquino said she and Toni Gonzaga have apologized to Boy Abunda, their former co-host in "The Buzz," over the Sunday talk show's cancellation after 16 years on air.
The 44-year-old actress talked about the now-defunct program in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano Wednesday, on the sidelines of a press event of a jewelry brand she endorses.
Aquino said her brother, President Benigno Aquino III, sent her a text message on New Year's Day requesting her to set aside Sundays for their family.
She explained that at the time, she and her two sons, Josh and Bimby, had missed family gatherings on Sundays for four straight months due to her hectic schedule.
Since she has already fulfilled her contractual obligations -- including one that covers her "The Buzz" stint -- Aquino said she sought permission from ABS-CBN executives to excuse her from further hosting the program.
According to Aquino, Gonzaga made a similar appeal to the station heads, following the announcement of her engagement to long-time partner Paul Soriano in February.
"Honestly, I am to blame, and I own up to it," Aquino said.
"Ako lang naman ang aalis, eh, pero it just so happens na may pinaalam din si Toni. Everything fell into place, and unfortunately nga, si Boy ang nalungkot, and I felt so guilty... Nag-sorry naman kami [ni Toni]," she added.
In the final episode of "The Buzz" last April 5, Abunda admitted that he was "hurting" over the show going off air.
He said, however, that the program recognizes the evolution in showbiz news reporting and to cope with it, the team has decided "to stop today and then come back strong and be the best of what we can be."