Veteran columnist Cristy Fermin claimed that TAPE Inc. the producer of Eat Bulaga was already losing money which might result in a premature end of their contract with GMA Network.
In her online show, Cristy said that the decision made by GMA to sign a deal with ABS-CBN and It’s Showtime was a sign that the Kapuso Network was already preparing for the possible end of Eat Bulaga.
According to Fermin, GMA has the right to terminate the contract between them and TAPE Inc. if ever the network found that the show was not gaining any revenue anymore.
She said that It may be Showtime would replace Eat Bulaga on their current timeslot, believing that the Kapamilya show had a bigger chance to be profitable.
“Kasi ‘di ba blocktimer sila ng GMA 7. Ayon sa isang nakausap ko mayroong karapatan ang network na binitiwan ang nagba-blocktime sa kanila kung nakakaapekto na sa kanilang istasyon sa kabuuan. So, next year pa ‘di ba ang kanilang kontrata pero merong karapatan ang istasyon ng kanselahin ‘yung kanilang kontrata, kung talagang kinakailangan na,” she said.
“So ano ang mangyayari rito. Kapag kinansela ng GMA 7 itong hindi lehitimong Eat Bulaga… kung hindi talaga aangat ang rating at makatutulong sa network, itong hindi lehitimong Eat Bulaga mapipilitan nga siguro ano at baka ang ilipat dun, ang magiging main noontime show nila, ‘Showtime’,” she added.
The veteran columnist also said that TAPE Inc. was losing money every day due to lack of sponsors.
“Hindi nila siguro malaman ang gagawin ngayon dahil paunti nang paunti ang kanilang kinikita dahil naglipatan na ang mga commercials nila at araw-araw nagpapasuweldo sila sa kanilang mga host.” she stated.
Meanwhile, TAPE Inc. denied that they’re already planning to end Eat Bulaga this month.
Cristy’s co-host Rommel Chika suggested that TAPE Inc. should stop using the name Eat Bulaga and change the title of their show for the better.