Former Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon went viral on social media after some netizens discovered an alleged hidden message made by the veteran comedian during their announcement of departure to Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) Inc.
On May 31, 2023, Joey, together with Tito Sotto and Vic Sotto announced their resignation from TAPE after several issues.
“July 30, 1979 po, nang simulan namin ang Eat Bulaga.. 44 years na po ito ngayong taon. Kaya naman lubos ang aming pasasalamat sa mga naging tahanan namin – ang RPN9 for 9 years, ABS-CBN for 6 years at ang GMA for 28 years.” Joey said.
After Vic finished his speech, Joey can be seen moving his middle finger in his right hand before leaving the stage and some netizens interpreted it as a secret message made by the comedian against the Jalosjos family who owns TAPE Inc.
However, some Eat Bulaga fans who watched the same video said that Joey possibly only moved his middle finger to hold his wallet with his right hand.
As of writing, Joey who’s dubbed as ‘Henyo Master’ has yet to give any response to the netizens asking him if he really made a secret message or not.
It can be recalled that Joey was reportedly behind the name ‘Eat Bulaga’ and their slogan “Hangga’t May Bata, May Eat Bulaga!”.