These are things that Boy Abunda learned from Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
King of Talk Boy Abunda shared the vital points he got from the interview of internationally-acclaimed host Oprah Winfrey with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Being a fan of Oprah, the Pinoy host intently watched the interview and acquired lessons that will definitely be useful in his profession.
“As a matter of fact, I might just do an interview reaction to that particular interview. Andami kong natutunan kasi bukod pala d’un sa pinalabas ng CBS, there were outtakes that were not shown to the world,” he shared, based on the article in Philstar that showed he really enjoyed the interview.
Boy Abunda pointed out the portion when Oprah was surprised to know that Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie’s skin color was an issue. He said that even though he wanted to complete the story, he knew that Oprah will stop there.
“The best gift, I think, of Oprah is to be able to do interviews in a casual manner but getting the answers as an audience and getting the answers that I don’t want to hear. I think that’s a gift,” the King of Talk said.
He also said that being a host requires being well-researched and statements that is just being revealed for the first time needs acknowledgment.
One point that Boy Abunda also highlighted was that CBS, where the interview was aired, did not allow streaming at first. In this present time, most of the shows are being done online or being streamed on various social media platforms.
However, CBS did not allow that to happen. The interview was aired on TV first then came the social media.
“Pinapanood ko kunwari ‘yung Meghan Markle at saka Oprah, ang taray ng CBS, I mean, no streaming! This is television. Mayroong ganu’ng dynamics ngayon, which I think was started by the Oprah exclusive on Meghan Markle. Hindi talaga sila nagpa-stream. Seventeen million people viewed it and another I don’t know how many millions of people viewed it in Britain. When it opened to social media, it exponentially increased. I think storytelling has changed in recent years,” the Pinoy host explained.
For Tito Boy, Oprah’s interview showed how brave she is but maintained being respectful. He said that in the Philippines, the kind of questioning that Oprah did is not yet welcomed.
“I couldn’t imagine having these kinds of interviews in this country. Tayo nga, maputol mo lang ang guest sa gitna, bastos ka na eh,” he shared.
Boy Abunda also stressed that maintaining a good relationship with the guest is more important to him that the ratings.
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