Following GMA’s teaser about a certain “Kuya” joining their network, rumors have been swirling on social media about longtime Kapamilya host Kim Atienza leaving ABS-CBN.
The Kapuso Network posted that “Kuya” will be coming to the network “soon” on Wednesday (September 29).
“Paparating na si Kuya, mga Kapuso! Abangan! (Kuya is coming, Kapuso! Watch out!),” was written on the poster which showed a blurred photo of the mystery artist who was gesturing a finger heart.
Without any other details, some keen-observing fans were quick to speculate that the network was referring to Kuya Kim, TV Patrol’s weather anchor.
For his part, Kuya Kim may have alluded to the “transition” on a Facebook Live video.
“Transition. What does transition mean? Transition is moving from Point A to Point B. This is what I can say: the transition is real,” the host hinted.
Atienza shared that he can’t give details about the “transition” yet. Instead, he urged viewers to watch the ABS-CBN’s primetime newscast “TV Patrol” on October 1. He added that it would be a “very historical day” for the show.
Fans had mixed reactions about Kuya Kim’s rumored career milestone.
Some were saddened, recalling his other Kapamilya programs like Matanglawin.
Kuya Kim's transfer to GMA makes me sad. He's a science teacher to my elementary self. I guess he's also the best-known weather reporter. Awww Matanglawin :(
— anton (@antonxvillegas) September 28, 2021
kuya kim's transfer to gma hurts more than b**'s. no hate for girly, idk why it just does. i feel like KK will bring so much to their table lalo na kung bibigyan sya ng panibagong science-environmental educational show :(
with that being said RIP Matanglawin, you will be missed
— dan, shota ni yeonjun (@dgcrx) September 28, 2021
Meanwhile, others were more open to change, and supportive of Kuya Kim.
When money is at stake and you have a family to feed, you’ll accept whatever offer’s available at the table to survive specially this pandemic. We should be supporting Kuya Kim for sure ABS-CBN bosses allowed him and he will replace Mang Tani at 24 Oras for sure. Welcome Kapuso❗️ pic.twitter.com/dskoN7WNvW
— Eugene Angelo N. Atun (@AtunEugene) September 29, 2021
Some speculated that Kuya Kim would be replacing Mang Tani, GMA-7’s resident meteorologist who has reportedly migrated to Australia.
Mang tani is already at Australia with his family, and Kuya Kim will be the replacement of Mang Tani. 🥳❤️
— ʟɛֆȶɛʀ (@heyitskeeen) September 29, 2021
Kuya Kim hosted several ABS-CBN programs, including the noontime variety program “It’s Showtime” and the educational show “Matanglawin.” He has been the resident news anchor for the “TV Patrol” segment “Weather-Weather Lang” since 2005.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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