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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 3, 2010


NO DOUBT RICHARD Gutierrez is successful as the host of “Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown”, but would he be willing to be a castaway next time? “I’d like to try, but the staff said I’m disqualified na kasi alam ko na lahat ng ins and outs sa show after being its host,” he says.

Would he like to try hosting it again even if the castaways are not celebrities anymore but ordinary people? “Sa’kin okay lang. I enjoyed my job as a host and they’d give me another chance to do it, willing ako. There’s talk na susundan daw ito agad ng another season, kasi nga naging toprater sa primetime. But I guess it’d have to wait kasi I’ll start taping the new season of Captain Barbell come the end of October and that’d keep me busy. Also, I’d be shooting a new movie intended for Valentine, so if ever, baka middle of next year na uli ang ‘Survivor Philippines’.”

Do you know that GMA-7 wanted to schedule the current season of “Survivor” on late primetime, like the first two ones hosted by Paolo Bediones? “Doon daw kasi ang audience nito, but I was the one who suggested to schedule us right after ’24 Oras’. I’m a risk-taker and I felt na we had a good chance of attracting viewers in early primetime kasi maganda talaga ang pinagdaanan ng celebrity castaways in Thailand. I’m glad I was proven right at hayan nga, ito ang nangunguna ngayon sa primetime kaya we’re all happy with the result.”

What can he say about the alleged leaks in the internet meant to be spoilers in revealing what will eventually happen to the show and the rest of the castaways? “I don’t know kunsaan nila nakukuha yan but there’s no truth to them at all. Isa pa, the finale of the Celebrity Edition is something very different from the past ones. Magkakaroon ng malaking-malaking surprise twist. Kaya wag na nilang pangunahan kung ano ang mangyayari sa show dahil ako mismo, hindi ko rin alam.”