Si Raymond Gutierrez ang bagong host ng E! News Asia.
Noong Sabado ay lumipad si Raymond sa Singapore upang mag-cover ng isang music festival.
Mga red carpet events daw ang kadalasan niyang ipi-feature kaya pabalik-balik siya sa Singapore.
Kasama din si Raymond sa 3rd season ng It Takes Gutz to be Gutierrez na nagsimula nang napanood noong Lunes, July 27, tuwing 9 p.m.
Bago pa raw ang It Takes Gutz…, alam na talaga ng E! ang ilang body of work ni Raymond bilang host.
“They knew kasi before It Takes Gutz na I was a host. So, trinay nila ko sa isang event, tapos nagustuhan nila ko. And then, nag-usap-usap yung mga executives sa Singapore at saka sa L.A.
“So yun, they made me an offer.”
Magiging exclusive na ba siya sa E! cable channel?
“Well, internationally even if the contract is not exclusive, I’d like to give that respect to them. Kapag local naman, wala namang conflict. I can still host locally and I can still appear in the same network here in Manila and the Philippines but internationally, I’ll be seen in E!”
Masaya talaga si Raymond sa nagiging takbo ng kanyang career.
Ayon kay Raymond, “Well, it’s always kind of your dream. If you know what I mean, especially as a host, you always want to make sure that you have a bigger audience and connect to a wider audience.
“Actually, I’m happy nga na the first two seasons of It Takes Gutz… is shown in T.F.C.[The Filipino Channel], so our Kapamilya naman abroad can see our family.
“And now with E! not only Filipinos get to know us but all over Asia. So, you know, I have foreign friends, British friends, Australian friends and they live abroad. In Hong Kong, Bangkok and they tell me, 'I saw you on TV.'"
“So, it’s a little overwhelming na pati yung foreigners, kilala na kami. Kilala yung family and especially now, when I started doing my hosting for E! I’m very, very excited for that.”
Bukod sa pagiging E! News Asia host, ano pa ang maituturing ni Raymond na mga bagay na nagawa o naibigay sa kanya ng It Takes Gutz to be Gutierrez?
“You know honestly, I can’t imagine. It Takes Gutz… is just a dream over wine with Chard. Na ano kaya kung gawin na natin yung reality show na marami ng nagsa-suggest?
“And when we finally did, now I can’t believe that we’re on our third season and I have to say that this is the best season yet. In terms of the way the story has laid-out, the family is more comfortable now.
“Siyempre, yung first two seasons, nangangapa ka pa. Ano ba ‘tong reality show, ano ba ‘tong ginagawa natin? So now, we’re just more comfortable.
“Ngayong nasa third season na kami, kumportable na kami. Hindi na kami awkward. Ngayon, on how you really feel, you just show it.
“Kung ano ang nagawa ng Gutz sa akin, honestly, it is really a blessing and I’m so happy to be partnered with E! Growing-up in the States, E! is my favorite channel so I was a fan of the red carpet coverage, Oscars coverage.
“E! News, [while] growing up in the States, talagang pinapanood ko ‘yan, and now to be part of their family and joining in their Asia team, kinikilabutan pa rin ako.
“I still have to pinch myself sometimes that it’s really happening. So, I’m really, really happy.”
ONE SEASON AT A TIME. Ang pamilya Gutierrez din ang producer ng kanilang reality show. Mula sa first season na umabot na nga sila sa third season, posible kayang masundan pa ng pang-apat na season o huli na nga ito?
“You know kasi, we’re taking it one season at a time. To be honest with you, hindi madaling gawin ang isang season ng reality show. There’s a lot of emotional baggage, conflict. I mean, it’s really a tough thing to shoot a reality show.
“I heard about the Kadarshians and yung production team nila, nakatira na halos sa bahay nila so, hindi siya madali. We’re taking it one season at a time.
“Let’s see kung may fourth. We have a good partnership with E! Pero at the end, of course, it’s still with the family if they are willing to move forward with the project.
“But you know, we have a very good relationship, so why not?”
Ngayong third season, kung dati parang puro pa-cute lang siya sa It Takes Gutz, ngayon daw makikita yung “real” Raymond, na may mga pinagdadaanan din siya.
Ano yung mga pinagdadaanan niya?
“Alam ninyo, first episode pa lang, makikita ninyo na yung conflict namin ni Chard. We have a very different world now. Doon pa lang makikita ninyo na ang conflict namin as brothers.”