Matapos ang matinding kontrobersiya sa pagitan nina Ruffa Gutierrez at Kris Aquino last week, na naging laman ng mga balita, hindi na nagawa pang magpaalam nang live ni Ruffa sa huling episode niya bilang co-host ng The Buzz. Ito ay bago siya tuluyang lumipat sa TV5 kung saan gagawin niya ang isa ring showbiz talk show kasama sina Cristy Fermin at Mo Twister.
Tanging taped interview na lang ni Boy Abunda kay Ruffa ang ipinalabas sa The Buzz kahapon, March 14, na nagsilbing farewell ng TV host-actress sa programa.
Narito ang kabuuan ng pag-uusap nina Boy at Ruffa.
Boy: Hindi ko alam kung paano tayo mag-uumpisa, pero alam ko lamang mula sa aking puso ay maraming salamat.
Ruffa: Tito Boy, thank you din. Actually, thank you also because I know that the reporters [were] also calling you last week and you didn't say anything. Alam ko naman you love Kris more because you're closer but you didn't say [anything] bad about me. So, thank you.
Boy: No, but it has nothing to do with loving another person more. Sabi ko nga sa SNN, it's rising above the situation. It's being able to overcome whatever struggles. Kasi yung nangyari, it happens to the best of friends. It happens to families.
LOOKING BACK. Dahil nag-sorry na sa isa't isa, mas pinili na nga ni Boy na huwag nang pag-usapan ang nangyaring kontrobersiya kina Ruffa at Kris. Bagkus ay nagbalik-tanaw siya sa pagbabalik ni Ruffa sa Pilipinas after nitong manirahan sa Turkey nang ikasal sila ng ex-husbnd niyang si Yilmaz Bektas.
Boy: Balik-tanaw lang tayo, Ruffi. Noong panahon na you were in Turkey, then you were thinking of coming back. How was the feeling?
Ruffa: Actually, Tito Boy, when I was in Turkey and I was thinking of coming back, hindi ko naisip na I would stay here for long. Kasi everytime that I would come back, it's more of guest-guest lang and then go back. But, you know, I remember the last day na nag-away kami ni Yilmaz, I knew that I wasn't coming back to Turkey. But I never thought I would have a career as beautiful as the career that I have now.
Boy: The answer is kasi, you are Ruffa Gutierrez and your whole family is in the business. Pero yung hindi mo alam kung ano ang magaganap sa iyong buhay. I mean, I remember pa we [had] an interview with Yilmaz sa Le Souffle.
Ruffa: Yes, I love that interview. It was one of my most memorable interviews.
Boy: It was my first time to do an interview, I mean, up close with Yilmaz. During that time, sabi mo nga with all humility, you didn't expect that your career will blossom the way it did.
Ruffa: No, not at all.
SHOWBIZ COMEBACK. Napag-usapan din nila ang tungkol sa pagbabalik sa showbiz ni Ruffa.
Boy: Ano yung iniisip mo na magaganap during that time?
Ruffa: Wala. Kumbaga, I came to the Philippines, you know, thinking that it's a new beginning for me.
Boy: At saka iba na yung faces, iba na yung places.
Ruffa: Oo, wala na nga rin akong kilala, e, not even in the beginning like when I first started on The Buzz. Talagang I have to read the newspapers kasi ang dami nang mga bagong mukha. Ang kilala ko lang yung mga sikat noon. I really didn't know what direction I was gonna take or what's in store for me. Basta sa akin lang, bukas lang ako sa lahat ng puwedeng maganap.
Boy: At marami ang naganap, hindi ba?
Ruffa: Tama. I did Kokey, Betty La Fea, Ruffa & Ai, The Buzz...
Boy: Talk about it. I mean, the best memories.
Ruffa: Well, Kokey, lahat sila natatawa sa akin, yung mga kasamahan ko. Like Eugene Domingo, I remember when they told me na, 'A kasama mo rito si Eugene Domingo.' Sabi ko, 'Ow, guwapo ba yun?' I didn't even know that it was a girl. I have no idea who Ate Uge was. I've created a lot of friends sa Kokey, sa I love Betty La Fea. Of course, I was able to work with the finest actors. Bea Alonzo, unang eksena pa lang niya talagang nadala niya ako. Of course, John Lloyd Cruz, napakahusay din. Si Vhong [Navarro] is also super funny. Yung mga friendships kasi, Tito Boy, they still remain up to now.
Boy: And then you did Ruffa & Ai.
Ruffa: I did Ruffa & Ai. And you know, kami ni Ai Ai [delas Alas], people think na we're opposites. Pero we jell in so many ways.
LEARNINGS. Bilang isang Kapamilya, marami ring natutunan si Ruffa.
Boy: Ruffa, you are beginning a new chapter in your life. And we're very happy. I'm very happy for you. Lessons... let's talk about learnings. Share with me learnings.
Ruffa: I learned a lot bilang Kapamilya. Unang-una, Tito Boy, I was given a job in the midst of all my woes back then. At saka yung marriage ko, di ba, nag-break down? Nandiyan sila para sa akin. Natuto ako to become a better actress. Natuto akong maging a better host. Of course, you and Kris, who I looked up to as my mentors. Marami akong natutunan sa inyo each time na nasa The Buzz ako. You know, being in front of the people, it's great, di ba? So, yun. And lessons na kailangan maging humble. Each time... I think I can say that I'm more human now than I was before.
Boy: And as you continue your journey may mga baon-baon ka, di ba?
Ruffa: Yes, may mga baon akong smiles. I met so many friends here, di ba? Ayoko nga ng goodbyes, e. Goodbye is like breaking up with a boyfriend for no reason. It's like letting him go.
THANK YOU. Kasama rin sa pamamaalam ang pagpapasalamat sa mga taong nakasama at nakatrabaho ni Ruffa.
Boy: I know, [in] whatever language, it hurts. But it's nice to say thank you. And I'm going to give you this chance to say your thank you's. I mean, to all, to all your friends. And we're not saying goodbye. Just say thank you.
Ruffa: (Dito na naging emosyonal si Ruffa) Well, first of all, to you Tito Boy, thank you so much. I learned so much from you. When the going gets rough, you've given me great advice. Sana huwag kang magbago, ha.
Nagbigay rin ng mensahe si Ruffa para sa nakatampuhang kaibigang si Kris Aquino.
Ruffa: Of course, I would like to thank Kris also, napakarami ko ring natutunan kay Kris. Yung incident na nangyari last Sunday [March 7], isa lang yun. Kumbaga the whole two, three years naman, we have a lot of good, crazy, funny moments. So, to Kris also, thank you so much. If it wasn't for you, actually, kung hindi ka nabuntis kay Baby James, wala ako sa The Buzz. Kaya maraming-maraming salamat. At you know, nandito pa rin ako kahit bumalik ka. I know there are also a lot of things going on in your life. But you made me stay here as your co-host.
And also sa lahat ng mga kasama ko dito. SIyempre yung mga staff, yun ang pinakamami-miss ko the most (tuluyan nang umiyak si Ruffa). Of course, si Roxy (Liquigan) din, Ruffa ang tawag sa kanya ng lahat. Uy, dapat Ruffa pa rin ang tawag sa iyo, ha. Of course, our director and lahat ng mga kasamahan ko dito sa ABS-CBN. Yung mga nakasama ko, mga nakilala ko.
Siyempre, mami-miss ko rin yung mga TFC subscribers. Sa lahat ng mga nanonood ng The Buzz. Sa lahat ng mga fans ko all over the world. Of course, to my bosses dito sa ABS-CBN, Sir Gabby (Lopez), Tita Charo (Santos-Concio) who I have known since I was a little girl, Tita Cory (Vidanes), Tita Linggit (Tan), Sir Deo (Endrinal), lahat-lahat sila mami-miss ko kayong lahat. Even si Sir Freddie Garcia. Thank you sa inyong lahat. Gosh, umiyak na ako nang bonggang-bongga!
NEVER SAY GOODBYE. Bago tuluyang magpaalam si Ruffa, sinabi ni Boy na mami-miss din nila si Ruffa sa show.
Boy: We'll also gonna miss you. Mami-miss namin yung tawa. Mami-miss namin yung napakagagandang damit like what you were wearing last Sunday.
Ruffa: Oo, my funny goofy jokes, wala lang, yung mga kuwento ko. Yung mga baon kong kuwento. Yung mga tawa ko.
Boy: Marami...most especially that laughter.
Ruffa: Nakakalungkot naman.
Boy: Inuulit ko naman 'yan. You know we run in circles in this industry. We should never say goodbye.
Ruffa: Never say goodbye. Never burn bridges.
Boy: But thank you. Bilang huling katanungan, you're very prayerful as a person, I know that. What is your prayer now?
Ruffa: My prayer is just for everything to be okay for me to move in the direction that God wants me to go to. And my prayer is...more than a prayer is just thanking Him for all the blessings, Tito Boy. And sana wala nang intriga masyado especially about my lovelife. And the kids of course, good health for my kids, for my parents.
Boy: Mula sa aking puso Ruffi, maraming salamat.
Ruffa: Maraming salamat din, Tito Boy.