Last Friday, April 17, GMA-7's game show Family Feud aired its last episode. And through his blog here in PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the show's host, Richard Gomez, expressed his sadness about the end of the show. (Click here to read Richard's blog entry).
In an interview with the former matinee idol at the press conference of the 14th Goma Cup Reunion yesterday, April 18, at Gloria Maris restaurant in CCP Complex, Pasay City, he told PEP how much he misses hosting Family Feud.
"Actually, nami-miss ko, e," Goma admitted. "I was tearful on the last day of our taping because mami-miss ko yung show, mami-miss ko yung staff namin and mami-miss ko yung samahan namin sa show.
"Katulad nga ng sinabi ko, this is one of the easiest shows I've worked with, one of the happiest sets na nagkaroon ako. People were very cooperative and that's the reason siguro madali ang taping namin, it was moving smoothly."
Richard is also glad that throughout his game show season, which fared relatively well in the ratings game, he was able to prove to the audience that he could be an effective game-show host.
He said, "That's what I've been telling naman with the GMA-7 executives, I've been wanting to host a game show. Actually, I'm wondering why it took them only now to produce such a job. And I'm happy that, you know, I've proven myself right, to host a game show."
Although he bade goodbye last Friday in the last episode, Richard assured PEP that this is just temporary. "Babalik 'yan by September," he said with a smile.
Family Feud will be replaced by Hole In The Wall beginning tomorrow, April 20.
THE GOMA CUP REUNION. For almost seven and a half years, Richard's brainchild, a golf tournament called Goma Cup, was put to a halt. Now, it's making a comeback with a "reunion" on April 22 to 25 at Fairways and Bluewaters in Boracay.
Richard is very excited about the event because it's going to reunite all the interested celebrities, which is actually the aim of this golf tournament.
"Ang kagandahan lang ng Goma Cup, hindi lang yung artistang galing sa isang network. The people who join the Goma Cup come from different networks—GMA-7, ABS-CBN, TV5—iba-iba talaga," he said.
Richard added, "I'm very excited about the Goma Cup kasi ang ganda ulit ng presentation. And I think you take something talaga, it comes back to you, maibahahagi mo talaga sa mga kasama mo sa industriya. Ito talaga yung mga time na lagi kong ninanais mangyari sa atin."
Richard works with Marilen Nuñez of Len Plus in organizing the event, where an Omega watch worth P1.1 million, Omega Constellation Double Eagle Co-Axial "Mission Hills" Numbered Edition Rose Gold in black strap, will be given to the overall champion. Also, a titanium Omega watch worth P400,000 will be given to the celebrity golfer who will achieve a "hole in one" during the competition. In case nobody achieves that feat, the watch will be raffled off at the awards night.
VACATION FROM WORK. For this event, Richard had himself excused from taping of his primetime show in GMA-7, All About Eve. "Matagal na akong nagpaalam kaya alam nila na mawawala ako for the Goma Cup," he said.
Following this event is a more personal vacation with his wife Lucy Torres-Gomez and their daughter Juliana. They are set to leave the country for the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 3. After this, Richard said, "Ise-celebrate namin yung 11th [wedding] anniversary namin."
When asked what special thing they prepared for their anniversary, Richard said, "Alam mo kami ni Lucy, hindi naman talaga kami naghahanda. Basta kung ano yung dumating doon, kung ano yung mangyaring set-up, ganun na lang."