“Lahat po ng ginagawa ko dito para po sa inyo… medyo bago po sa atin ang [pagho-host] pero lahat ng ito [ay ginagawa natin para] tayo’y maging masaya,” Padilla said.
Padilla’s hosting stint on “Wowowee" ranked No. 5 on Twitter’s worldwide top trending topics when he was formally introduced as Revillame’s temporary replacement on May 15.
Based on the television ratings data released by global research specialist Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), “Wowowee’s” audience share jumped from 18.1% on May 14 to 20.5% on May 15. The show’s audience share on May 17 was at 20.5%.
“Wowowee” also continued to beat its rival, “Eat Bulaga,” according to the TNS national data. "Eat Bulaga's" audience share on May 14 was 12.2%; May 15, 13.6% ; and May 17, 11.4%, figures from TNS showed.
Padilla said he is happy to host the show while Revillame remains on indefinite leave. He also vowed to improve his hosting skill.
“Pasensya na po. Marami pa rin po akong pagkakamali. Kapag pinapanood kong mag-isa ang episode, nakikita ko po ang lahat ng pagkakamali ko,” he said.
“Hayaan ninyo po. Pinipilit ko po araw-araw na malagpasan pa kung ano ang nagawa ko noong nakaraang araw. Alam ninyo naman na ako ay [a] man of few words. Akalain mo, ngayon dapat ay maging madaldal [ako]. Iyan ay mahirap,” he added.
The action star also refused to be discouraged by criticisms thrown at him since he replaced Revillame.
He said: “Opinion ng tao 'yan na dapat i-respeto at hindi kontrahin. Dapat nating ligawan. Bilang nagpupumilit na host ng ‘Wowowee,’ dapat nating ligawan ang tao.”
Padilla has captured the hearts not only the avid viewers of the show but also of his co-hosts Pokwang, Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion, Carmen Soo, Kelly Misa, Isabelle Abiera and Jed Montero.
In particular, Padilla and Pokwang have become good friends. The guest host of “Wowowee” even surprised the comedienne during a guesting on KC Concepcion's new show, "Simply KC."
Padilla said Pokwang is dear to him, which is why he wants to support her the way she supports him when he's hosting "Wowowee."
“Siyempre ‘yong pinapakitang suporta ni Pokwang, Mariel at iba pang ‘Wowowee’ host, kailangan ko ding suklian ng suporta,” he said. -Reports from SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and ANC