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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kris Aquino leaving hosting jobs for good?

A day after announcing that she will be leaving some of her entertainment shows on ABS-CBN by end-June, Kris Aquino hinted on Wednesday that she would not be returning to her hosting jobs.

Apparently, the 39-year-old celebrity considers her age as a factor.

“Pagkatapos ng term ni Noy (brother Benigno Aquino III), 45 years old na ko,” she explained on Wednesday.

“Ang tanda ko na, so parang feeling ko hindi ata bagay talaga,” she added in her response to a query on whether she will return to her talk shows.

Kris is the youngest sibling of the leading presidential aspirant in the May 10 polls. Based on latest vote tally of the elections body, “Noynoy” Aquino has garnered over 14 million votes, giving him a comfortable margin over other candidates for the country’s top post.

The winning presidential candidate will be taking oath on June 30, the start of a 6-year term.

Kris had said she is willing to make sacrifices in her lucrative show business career to help her brother fulfill his campaign promises.

On Tuesday late evening, she announced that she is leaving two celebrity shows on ABS-CBN—the hit Sunday afternoon show, The Buzz, and weekday late night celebrity talk show, SNN:Showbiz News Ngayon. She explained that she would like to spare her brother from criticisms if she makes comments on these shows that could be misinterpreted.

Aquino III had to defend his sister, who has lived a controversial and very public love life, several times in the past. Recently, he defended her when tens of thousands of Facebook users put up a page calling for her to make good a supposed promise to leave the country should he win in the elections.

“I welcome the changes in my life. Of course, nalulungkot ako,” she said on Wednesday.

Talk shows

Kris’ 11-year hosting stint on The Buzz has been interrupted twice.

In 2007, she officially left the top-rated showbiz oriented Sunday show after giving birth to Baby James, her second son and her first child with husband James Yap. She returned in October 2008 when Cristy Fermin, the co-host Kris reportedly preferred not to work with, was suspended by the network.

Kris currently hosts The Buzz with close friend Boy Abunda and new co-host KC Conception.

She also took a 2-month leave this year to join the nationwide campaign sorties of her Aquino III.

After her leave, she also returned to her late night live show SNN, which she has been hosting since its inception in 2009.

Kris shifted from movies to television talk shows in the 1990’s. Her hosting wit helped propel her into various stints, ranging from game shows to news magazine and showbiz-oriented talk shows.

Age a factor?

Several popular talk show hosts, including Oprah Winfrey, are well beyond their 40’s.

Winfrey has been hosting the blockbuster Oprah Winfrey Show for the past 24 years. She has since built an empire that includes a production company, satellite radio show, a magazine, and a broadway musical.

Winfrey is 56.

Kris first talk show, Today with Kris Aquino, was considered the Philippine version of Winfrey’s show.

It was in this local show, which aired from 1996 to 2001, that Kris earned her title as Philippines’ Queen of Talk.

She would eventually be considered the Queen of all Media for her success in different media like television, film, recording, publishing, as well as product endorsements.



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