On a rare occasion, former Eat Bulaga hosts Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros appeared on the popular program of Sen. Raffy Tulfo to air their complaints against Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE Inc.).
During a special episode of ‘Wanted sa Radyo,’ the former Eat Bulaga hosts narrated the issue between them and TAPE Inc.
“After 44 years gustong biglang pakialamanan ang production ng TAPE, e dati namang hindi at isang tao lang ang kausap namin ‘don.” Sotto said. “Tapos ngayon, bigla nilang gustong mag-take over at binibawasan ‘yung sweldo ng mga tao, nalulugi daw e wala naman kaming nakikitang pagkalugi,”
According to them, they thought that the issue was over several successful dialogs between them and TAPE. However, the statement made by their CFO, Seth Frederick Pal Jalosjos, in several interviews disappointed most of the Dabarkads.
On May 31, 2023, all the hosts of Eat Bulaga decided to leave the production company and GMA Network.
However, Sotto said that what happened may be a ‘blessing in disguise’ because their decision brought them to TV5.
They also shared an update about the title of their upcoming new show on TV5 and admitted that they’re still waiting for the right time to use the ‘Eat Bulaga’ again.
“May proseso kaming hinihintay para maging maayos at hindi magkaroon ng balakid or ng istorbo. So habang hinihintay natin ‘yon, na maayos ‘yung proseso na ‘yon, pwede muna kaming gumamit ng ibang (Title),” he said.