"If that's her decision, it's difficult, but okay ako," states Boy Abunda on inquiries about Mariel Rodriguez's possible transfer to TV-5 with husband Robin Padilla.

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Boy Abunda's talent company Backroom, Inc. is undergoing transition.

Their outgoing president, Boy or Tito Boy to most of the talent and staff, says that he still has duties and tasks at hand. Nonetheless, he is eager to see the 22-year-old talent and public relations company function on its own.

"Marami pa rin akong tinatapos na trabaho, pero I'm looking forward to the day na medyo full swing na yung operation nung Backroom on their own."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Boy Abunda at the Olay Total Effects event last September 8 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Makati City.

He says that despite parting from Backroom, he will still be in charge of Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai delas Alas's projects.

"Si Kris naman is very easy. Ang trabaho namin ni Kris, telepono. 'Ito ang kontrata, number one, number two, number three, ito ang schedule mo. Oo, hindi?'

"[With] Ai-Ai, 'Aileen, may renewal ka. Ito ang deal. Blah, blah, blah. 'Ama....'  'Okay.' May re-usage, paliliwanag mo. 'Okay.' 'O, sige.' Tapos na."

Boy adds that his staff in Backroom will carry on sans his full efforts.

"... I'm hoping that by October, November, yun. Medyo maluwag na talaga," says Boy.

He peps them up for his eventual leaving.

"Sinasabi ko nga sa aming staff, 'You have to work really extra hard because you're coming after me.'

"Alam nila yun, alam nila yun. Merong dadagdag, merong mawawala.

"Okay lang yun, normal lang yun. Alam nila yun."

BIANCA GONZALES. Before his late-night entertainment news program SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon) aired its final episode last Friday, September 9, Boy conveyed his message to co-host Bianca Gonzales.