The iconic noontime show trio of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey De Leon have officially plucked “Eat Bulaga” out of TAPE Inc., casting uncertainty about the country’s longest-running noontime show.
The trio made the heartbreaking announcement during their May 31, 2023 episode in the middle of sobbing co-hosts. The disruption in the legendary show’s 43-year history is blamed upon the Jalosjos family’s TAPE Inc., Eat Bulaga’s long-time production company whose relationship had gone sour with the show’s management after heirs of businessman Romeo Jalosjos took over.
The trio opened the show as usual with a Juan for All, All for Juan segment.
“Pumasok kami para magtrabaho pero hindi kami pinayagan umere ng new management nang live,” the TVJ trio revealed. “Simula ngayong araw May 31, 2023, kami po ay magpapaalam na sa TAPE Inc. Saan man kami dalhin ng tadhana, tuloy ang isang libo’t isang tuwa.”
Video courtesy of Eat Bulaga
The May 31 episode had shown nostalgic videos from the past, tracing Eat Bulaga’s long history on Philippine television, to fill the airtime in protest of TAPE’s ban for live content.
The announcement seems to hint that Eat Bulaga is moving to a new production firm, but is unclear it will continue to air on the Gozon-owned GMA 7.
TVJ is in talks to move their act to bilyonaryo Manny Pangilinan’s TV5.
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