Kris Aquino has made a decision. She will leave her two showbiz talk shows, SNN and The Buzz.
ABS-CBN's Queen of Talk made the announcement last night, May 18, towards the end of her nightly showbiz news program SNN. This was after her meeting with the network executives.
Kris said that she came to the decision after she and her sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, and Viel Aquino-Dee talked last Sunday, May 16.
"Bago ako pumasok sa The Buzz, napag-usapan po ng pamilya namin kung ano ang mga expectations of us, specifically me pagkatapos po ni Noynoy na-proclaim nga sa June 30, 2010
"So, katulong po ng aking mga kapatid na babae, dahil in fairness po kay Noy, hindi naman niya ito in-impose, napagpasyahan po namin na for the duration of Noy's presidency, magpapaalam po ako sa aking mga shows that can cause controversy for him."
She declared, "Ang ibig sabihin po niyan, iiwan ko po ang SNN on June 25, 2010, at ang last The Buzz ko po ay on June 27, 2010."
The TV host-actress, however, clarified that she's not totally leaving the industry.
"Hindi po nangangahulugan na wala na po akong show sa ABS-CBN. Hanggang August po ang run ng Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo. Humingi po ako ng tatlong linggong bakasyon kasama ng aking mga anak pagkatapos ng babang-luksa ng mom in August," said Kris referring to the former President Corazon Aquino, who died of cancer August last year.
Kris also assured the public that she will still be seen on television. "Pero in September po, naghahanda na po sila ng mga programa na angkop at babagay po sa mga pagbabago ng buhay namin," she daid.
"IT'S A CHOICE, A SACRIFICE I'M MAKING." Kris thanked the people who have supported her throughout her stay in show business and asked for understanding.
"Sana po, lahat kayo na sumubaybay, most especially sa mga sumusubaybay sa The Buzz, Boy [Abunda, her co-host and talent manager], kasi 11 years nating pinagsamahan 'yon... Sana po maunawaan n'yo, hindi ko po minamaliit ang programa. In fact, I love the program.
"It is a choice, a sacrifice I'm making, kasi napakahirap po na any comment I make can be misinterpreted. Kawawa naman po ang kapatid kong si Noynoy kung dahil nagpaka-taklita ako, e, siya po ang magiging tagasagot pa, di ba? E, opinyon ko naman ho iyon, e."
She added, "He will have enough problems, solving everything that is a crisis here. Lahat ng mga nagpapabigat at nagbibigay ng suliranin sa bawat Pilipino. So, I'm giving that to Noy. I want Noy to succeed because I gave it my entire life to help him win."
With this decision, Kris would be giving up a lot of opportunities. However, the TV personality had to do it for her family.
"Inaamin ko naman po na naging mahirap ang naging desisyon," she said. "Napag-usapan din po naman namin na malaki ang income na tatalikuran ko, magpakatotoo tayong lahat. Pero ginagawa ko po 'yon dahil may utang na loob ako sa pamilya ko na noong binabatikos ako, sila po talaga ang sumangga at pinaliwanag nila na, 'Bakit ninyo ginaganyan si Kris? Wala naman siyang kasalanan.' So ngayon, ayaw ko nang gumawa ng kasalanan para hindi ko pahirapan si Ate [Ballsy], si Pinky, si Noynoy, at si Viel."
SETTLING THE DIFFERENCES. Just before her announcement, Kris also made peace with Sarangani Congressman-elect Manny Pacquiao. It can be remembered that the latter made a buzz with his statement in one of the TV ads for presidential aspirant Manny Villar during the election campaign. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Now, Kris sets aside their differences and is friends again with the Pinoy boxing champ and his wife Jinkee.
On SNN last night, she related, "Kami nga ni Jinkee Pacquiao, okay na okay na ulit, e. Sinabi ko talaga sa kanya, 'Mare, nagtampo ako sa asawa mo.' Pero okay na ngayon, love, love, love."
Kris also had the same feeling for Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, who endorsed Villar's running mate, Senator Loren Legarda.
She said, "Naunawaan ko kung anong desisyon nila. For as long as hindi mo inatake maliciously ang kapatid ko or any member of our family, wala sa akin 'yon."
The TV host-actress also hopes that she could have a project with the young diva someday.
"I really pray that one day I can work with her," Kris said.