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Toni Gonzaga says she won’t try to be like Kris Aquino
by Napoleon Quintos | July 15, 2010 8:47 AM | 

Toni Gonzaga admitted that her debut last July 11 as one of the new co-hosts of The Buzz, along with Charlene Gonzales, was one of the most tension-filled moments in her life. She still could not believe that she is now part of the long-running and top-rating showbiz-oriented talk show. Toni shared that prior to her debut on the show, she and Charlene, plus regular hosts Boy Abunda and KC Concepcion, got together over dinner to mark the beginning of their working relationship.

Nakatulong na the night before nakapag bonding kaming lahat over dinner. I have to give all the credit to Tito Boy kasi parang siya ‘yung glue na nagdikit sa aming tatlo nina KC at Ate Charlene. Masaya kasi I’m friends na with KC and I look forward into having a deeper friendship with her. I also texted Ate Charlene after the show na it was nice to have a friend like her.”

Toni also revealed that before last Sunday’s episode started, she got a heartwarming “God bless” hug from Boy. “It meant so much na he hugged me before the show, parang ‘God bless’ hug. He said some good words like ‘have fun,’ ‘be yourself.’ Masarap maramdaman na welcome ka talaga, na ipinaparamdam sa ‘yong kapamilya ka. I guess that’s the reason naging okay kami pati with KC and Charlene.”

Toni and Charlene were chosen by ABS-CBN management to join The Buzz team after Kris Aquino left. But for Toni, she doesn’t consider herself as “replacement” because she believes there is only one “Queen of Talk.” “I texted Ate Kris before I did the show. To show courtesy naman. I told her na I don’t plan to replace her because no one can really replace a Kris Aquino. Nag-iisa lang siya. What she had done for the show, what she had contributed, si Ate Kris lang ang makakagawa nun. I just look at myself as an additional host, just be myself and be the best host that I can be. I am not out to compete with anyone or replace anyone. Ate Kris will always be in the hearts of the people and she will always be The Buzz.”

Also happy for Toni’s latest achievement is her boyfriend, director Paul Soriano. Toni said that Direk Paul went to hear the morning mass last Sunday so he will have his whole afternoon free to watch her on The Buzz. “It helped so much na ipinag-pray niya ako. He prayed that God would give me courage, strength, and wisdom, na sana only the right words will come out of my mouth, that no word will not hurt anyone.”

Prior to moving to The Buzz, Toni had been hosting showbiz-oriented program Entertainment Live for the past three years. That hosting job gave her the necessary training to tackle showbiz intrigues, which she also experiences herself given her celebrity status. “Every talk show, sumasalamin sa tunay na nangyayari sa buhay ng mga artista. Kami nina KC, Ate Charlene, bilang artista naranasan na namin ‘yun. We can talk about intrigues based on our own experiences, as friends to the artista involved, and in a general way. At the end of the day I think being a talk show host is not about trying to be someone else you are not. You are just there to speak your mind, speak the truth, try not to offend anybody.” 

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