- Ruby Rodriguez bared the real reason why she left “Eat Bulaga!” and decided to live in the United States
- The comedienne said her son, who has special needs, also has a rare condition that she felt could be better addressed if they are living in the US
- She also revealed that they have actually migrated a long time ago, though she chose not to stay there permanently in the past
- The former “Eat Bulaga!” co-host said that she is not ashamed to admit that her son has special needs and at the moment, he is suffering from a rare condition
Ruby Rodriguez, during a mediacon with Viva Artists Agency, revealed that the real reason she left “Eat Bulaga!” and chose to live in the US is because of the rare condition of her son, AJ.
According to the comedienne-TV host, aside from her son requiring special needs, he also has a “very rare autoimmune disease.”
“Matagal na po kasi ito na naka-plan, na magbi-break dapat talaga ako because as everybody knows my son, and hindi ko ikinahihiya, and i'm very proud of him, my son is a special student. Aside from that, meron pa po siyang very rare na autoimmune disease na mahirap i-pronounce, it's called Henoch–Schönlein purpura na ang tinitira are the kidneys,” the comedienne explained.
She also said that doctors told her the disease oftentimes attacks only once, though in the case of her son, it is chronic, which makes it rare.
“Yung sa kanya, talagang dire-diretso kaya na-damage yung kidneys niya. Na-kidney biopsy na siya kasi he already has Stage 2 nephritis,” Ruby further elaborated.
Nephritis is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the kidneys’ functional units called nephrons. It can negatively affect the functions of the kidney.
The comedienne said she was advised by the doctors in the Philippines to bring her son to the US as they have better medications and were more advanced in some ways.
Since AJ is an American citizen, they brought him to the US to get medical treatment. “Since kailangan niyang mag-medical treatment dito, alangan namang wala ang ina?Puwedeng wala ang ama pero ang ina, hindi. Family first, he’s my son,” Ruby said.
As to why she opted to look for work there, Ruby said she has to for her kids, especially AJ.
Ruby Rodriguez is a Pinay actress-comedienne and formerly, one of the co-hosts of “Eat Bulaga!,” the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines. She was born on January 10, 1966. Ruby began her professional career as a preschool teacher, though she later secured a role in the TV sitcom Okay ka, Fairy Ko! In 1991, she began appearing as one of the hosts of “Eat Bulaga!” She was 25 years old at the time and replaced Helen Vela who abruptly left the noontime show because of health reasons. Vela died a year later. In 2021, Ruby officially bid goodbye to the noontime show she co-hosted for 30 years to focus on taking care of her son, who has special needs, in the United States. At the moment, the former “Eat Bulaga!” co-host is working at the Philippine Consulate Office in Los Angeles, California.
Recently, Ruby talked about rumors whether she was removed from the noontime show, “Eat Bulaga!” or she left it. During a virtual media conference of Viva Artists Agency on May 31, she started to open up about the issue. She said that she actually took a leave of absence because even before the pandemic, she has already started making plans to take that leave. Although she was told that she will always have a home in “Eat Bulaga!,” it was a matter of a management's decision when they selected whom they will allow to go back when it started airing.
Several days ago, the comedienne took to social media to show how happy she is to find new sets of friends in the USA. It can be recalled that Ruby recently made headlines after she revealed in a now-deleted post that she now has an office job in Los Angeles. In another post, Ruby then introduced to her followers her new colleague. According to the actress and comedienne, she calls his new friend “Wally.”
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