Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon addressed their fans during the closing statement of their new noontime show on TV5.
During their speech, Vic hinted that they’re still hoping that the rights to use the ‘Eat Bulaga’ title would be granted to them someday.
“Dabarkads, hinihintay parin namin ang pag-uwi ng pangalan na itinawag sa amin for almost 44 years,” Sotto said, hinting about their trademark issue with TAPE Inc.
“Sa ngayon Dabarkads, ang mahalaga ay sama-sama kami, sama-sama tayo, may nagkalinga po sa amin noong panahon na hindi namin alam kung paano o saan kami dadalhin ng tadhana.
“Ang title po namin ay ang title na alam niyo kung ano ang tawag sa amin,” he added.
Currently, Dabarkads would use the ‘E.A.T’, a title with many interpretations.
It can be recalled that TVJ couldn’t use the title ‘Eat Bulaga’ for their new show after their former production company TAPE Inc. registered it as their own trademark without informing the legendary trio.
It was published many times that Joey was the one who invented the title.
“Something came up sa aking utak in 1979 while having coffee sa kusina ni Tito sa White Plains. I was in the company of a certain Jess Espiritu. Hmmm, JESUS and HOLY SPIRIT? Salamat po,” said Joey.
“And what do you do in a canteen? Of course, EAT! And that became my appetizer to help me through until I came up with a delicious title – Eat Bulaga!” he added.
Vic already said that they’re not planning to give up the title to TAPE Inc.
TVJ couldn’t stop being emotional after realizing the support they received from their fans.
“Ang pinakamabigat na tumatak samin, eh ‘yung nalaman namin na mahal niyo kami,” Joey said.