After hosting the live pilot episode of Boy and Kris, Kris Aquino met with the press at 9501 Restaurant in ABS-CBN earlier today, July 2, to discuss her newfound role as a mother and talk show host of the new morning show with confidante Boy Abunda.
After being part of the showbiz-oriented talk show The Buzz for seven-and-a-half years, Kris has had to deal with a new routine and come to terms with the fact that Ruffa Gutierrez replaces her in the show.
The bubbly TV host admitted that she cried on watching the July 1 episode of The Buzz. She told the press, "When I watched The Buzz yesterday, first time naiyak ako. Nase-senti[mental] ako. Siguro post-natal blues," she speculates.
According to medic8.com, postnatal or baby blues refers to a range of feelings that a new mother may experience between the third and tenth day after her baby is born. A new mother can have sudden mood swings, sadness, crying spells, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, and feel irritable, restless, anxious, and lonely.
Kris gave positive remarks about her replacement, Ruffa. "She is excellent for the show. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Kailangan kasi amiable kang tao for The Buzz."
The decision to leave The Buzz is Kris's way of protecting her family from unnecessary intrigues. She confides, "Susan Roces told me, ‘Kung ilalayo mo ang sarili mo sa The Buzz, magiging tahimik ang pamilya mo.'"
"Kung ayaw mong maungkat ang buhay mo, ‘wag kang mang-ungkat ng buhay ng iba. I know now my priorities," Kris declares.
The TV host's schedule is much lighter after giving up The Buzz and Pilipinas, Game KNB?, which is now hosted by Edu Manzano. She also noted the excellent performance of Edu, who happened to be among the first guests of the show Boy and Kris earlier today, together with his son, Luis.
Kris recalls: "Edu was just so effusive. He told me, ‘I owe you so much.' But I told him, ‘No, you owe Baby James so much.' He also told me, ‘It was so hard to penetrate your staff. That just shows how well-loved you are.'"
Kris now has tapings only from Monday to Friday and insists on finishing her work before 8:30 p.m. so that she can sleep as early as 9:30 p.m.
"I have three [movie] offers right now but I promised not to make another movie until one year old na si Baby James," reveals Kris. She also announced that her new lifestyle show, Weekends with Kris, will premiere on Saturday, August 11. "It's for working moms who spend weekends at home. Unlike Boy and Kris, which is talk-oriented, [Weekends with Kris] will be activity-centered. And lalabas talaga ako, hindi ako sa studio."
FAMILY MATTERS. When asked about the changes that she and her husband James have undergone after the Hope Centeno crisis, the TV host says that they are "mutually supportive" of each other. "I feel na I want him to be very successful in the RP Team, in the same way that he wants me to be successful here sa work. On that professional level, mas nagbibigayan talaga," says Kris.
She proudly tells the press about the achievements of her husband James in the field of basketball. The Purefoods Chunkee Giants cager left for Taiwan as part of the Philippine delegation preparing for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
"They're getting ready naman to go to Japan," narrates Kris. "'Yung sa Japan, 'yun 'yung FIBA [Fédération Internationale de Basketball]. If they qualify there, they will make it to the Olympics. So, super pinagdadasal namin iyon kasi this will only happen once in a lifetime. 'Yung chance na makalaro ka sa Olympics and para sa country.
"The fact na parte siya doon, sobrang nakaka-proud," Kris says of her husband. They will mark their second anniversary on July 10 but, according to Kris, they might not be able to celebrate the occasion since James is training hard for the Olympics.
Like most mothers, Kris can talk continuously about her pride and joy—her two sons, Josh and James. The 36-year-old mother says, "They really make my life complete. They are my source of incomparable joy."
She goes on to describe her newborn son, who now weighs 9.5 lbs. "Pleasant siyang bata. He hates 'pag binibihisan and galit na galit siya ‘pag nagpapalit ng diaper."
A reporter asks if it's true that Baby James's endorsement really cost P1 million. To this, Kris candidly responds, "More!"
She happily reports that her house is now finished and that they can move in "between mid-October or early November."
Boy and Kris airs every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kapamilya Network.