Family Feud will air its last episode tonight, Friday, April 17. Like all good things that must come to an end I am sad. I remember telling the people I work with on the show on our last taping day that this was easily one of the happiest work places I found myself in over two decades that I have been in the entertainment industry.
The show was so much fun to do, and it mattered a lot to me that it made a lot of people happy. The answers are very realistic, not necessarily factual, but it is a telling picture of the voice of the masses.
We go off the air the same way we started—on a high note. Now it can be told. We were very realistic about ratings, given the fact that we were going up against a long-running and established game show and game-show host (Kris Aquino’s Deal or No Deal) and, at the most, our Production Unit Manager, Ms. Ali, said she would be ecstatic with a 17% rating. Our first episode raked in over 20% plus. And all throughout its run the show consistently enjoyed stellar ratings. We have all of you to thank for that. Thank you for rushing home from work to catch the show, thank you for shouting out your answers as you watched us on TV from your own homes. Thank you for starting your evening with us. It means more to us than you will ever know.
The show also opened doors for fans and viewers alike to know the real me, that side that only my closest friends have been privy to. The Goma you saw in Family Feud is the way I usually am on any given day—happy, smiling, always ready to laugh. I live for light moments, I’m easy and fun-loving.
I would like to think that I have somehow also proven to the GMA-7 management executives that I can host a game show. It is something I’ve been wanting to do since I moved from ABS-CBN in 2003. Six years … like my wife always says, dreams do come true. Some just take more time than others.
I would like to say thank you to Kris. Back in December, during the Bench Christmas party and around two months into Family Feud, my Bench family surprised me with a Loyalty Award for my 20-year relationship with them. I had no idea it was going to happen that night.
I have received many awards in my life but this was very sentimental to me; in fact, just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes again. I say again because I cried happy tears that night, very happy tears. My Bench family has been so good to me, and what started as a business relationship evolved into a friendship. (More on that in a future blog entry.) For now, I would like to say thank you to Kris. I don’t think I got the chance to thank her properly. I would find out later that she volunteered to do the introduction for my award. She went up on stage (when all along I thought she was there to simply grace the occasion as a Bench endorser) and introduced the AVP that had been prepared. It was very generous of her to do that, especially because although we are friends in real life and she is very close to Lucy, people love to compare our shows if only because we belong to the two major rivals in the network industry.
I would like to thank all who came to the show as contestants and to the families who waited in line for hours just to audition. I had a great time with you guys. Your answers were sometimes absurd, sometimes out of this world, sometimes out of sync, and most of the time funny. You made me laugh a lot, it is good for the heart!
I am sad. But I am one who always looks at the brighter side of life no matter what situation I’m in. Since Day One, I have been hoping that GMA-7 will renew more seasons of Family Feud from Fremantle. Well guess what? I was just told that we will resume on September for new seasons. Hahahaha! Answered prayer? Yes!!!
Like my closing line in the show…
“ Ito po si Richard Gomez magkita kita tayong muli—sa September na, dito lang sa Family Feud!