The departure of several Eat Bulaga hosts, including Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon to Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE Inc.) gained millions of reactions from Filipinos around the world.
After 44 years, the legendary trio would part ways with the production company owned by the Jalosjos family due to the aftermath of the internal issue surrounding the longest-running noontime show.
The last airing of TVJ was also stopped after they were not allowed to broadcast on May 31, 2023.
“Pumasok po kaming lahat ngayong araw para magtrabaho pero hindi po kami pinayagan ng new management na umere ng live,” Tito said.
“Simula ngayong araw, May 31, 2023, kami po ay nagpapaalam na sa TAPE INCORPORATION. Karangalan po namin na kami’y nakapaghatid ng tuwa’t saya mula Batanes hanggang Jolo at naging bahagi ng buhay niyo. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Hanggang sa muli.” Vic stated.
In an Instagram post, Joey clarified that they’re not yet retiring but just taking a break.
“We’re not signing off … we are just taking a day off!” Joey said.
View this post on Instagram
It’s not yet known if GMA Network would do action to save one of their top-rated show that topped the noontime ratings for decades.
TAPE and GMA have still a contract until 2025.
Many networks already expressed interest in taking the hosts of Eat Bulaga if ever they leave TAPE.
Meanwhile, the Jalosjos family has yet to give any statement on the issue.