Isko Moreno says on low rating of ‘Eat Bulaga’ vs ‘EAT,’ ‘It’s Showtime’: ‘There was so much pressure’
Revamped “Eat Bulaga” host Isko Moreno attributed the higher ratings of their program’s counterparts “EAT” and “It’s Showtime” to the recent “hype and drama” the shows were involved in.
Moreno said this after he was asked about his sentiment on the July 1 launch of “EAT” and “It’s Showtime” on TV5 and GMA’s GTV channel, respectively, during his interview for “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” on Monday, July 3.
“Lumabas ngayong araw ang ratings. Ano ang pakiramdam na doon sa buffet (ng noontime shows) ay mas konti ang taong pumili sa inyo?” show host Abunda asked.
(The ratings came out today. How do you feel given that only a few chose “Eat Bulaga” in the buffet of the noontime shows?)
“That’s understandable because there’s so much hype, drama [that] happened in the past weeks and days,” Moreno responded. “Kami naman, ang gawin nating ‘Eat Bulaga’ ngayon ay hindi na tungkol sa mga host [kundi] tungkol na ito sa mga viewers. Maging viewers-centric tayong show.”
(On our part, we are making “Eat Bulaga” to be about the viewers and not the hosts. [We are aiming] to be a viewers-centric show.)
Moreno urged their fellow noontime show hosts as well as the public to support one another for the good of the local television industry. As for the revamped “Eat Bulaga,” Moreno assured the viewers that they can expect “perseverance, consistency and innovation” from the program.
“Now, if there will be a buffet—like in this case—lalabas lahat ang galing ng mga artista kasi may kompitensya (the skills of the artists will be shown off because there is competition). And we should not hate each other when we’re competing,” he said.
“Let us not create hate and expect somebody to fail for you to go up—parang para tumaas ka aapakan mo ‘yung likod ng may likod o paa ng may paa (that you would step on other’s backs or toes),” he continued. “This is our job. This is entertainment. Let’s be the best that we can be.”
Moreno also noted during the interview that although “challenging,” he is “humbled and honored” to be part of the new “Eat Bulaga.” He further admitted that there was “so much pressure” among the hosts before their July 1 episode, but he underscored that they opted to look on the bright side of the situation.
“I told them, ‘Guys, I’ve seen so many failures in life. I’ve seen success, challenges but one good thing about today [is] we’re gonna be part of history,'” he recounted. “At the end of the day, tao ang mananalo dito (the public is the winner from all of these).”
“Sabi ko (I said), ‘Let’s just be ourselves—nothing to prove. Just be the best that you can be on that particular day.'” he added.
Aside from Moreno, the revamped “Eat Bulaga” is hosted by Paolo Contis, Buboy Villar, twins Cassy and Mavy Legaspi, Betong Sumaya and Alexa Miro. EDV