Veteran columnist Cristy Fermin questioned the decision of Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE) to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Eat Bulaga even if all the original hosts of the show already left.
In her online program, Fermin wondered how the new Eat Bulaga hosts would celebrate the 44th year of the longest-running noontime show if the production company had just hired them last month.
“Paano n’yo ipagdiriwang ang apatnapu’t apat na taon nang wala ka namang maaalala o hawak man lang na video ng nakaraang apatnapu’t apat na taon. Anong clips ang ilalabas nila?” said Fermin. “Nakakaloko ‘no, ise-celebrate niyo ang 44 years eh iilang buwan pa nga lang kayo diyan.”
It can be recalled that former Eat Bulaga host Tito Sotto said that TAPE has no right to celebrate the anniversary of the noontime show.
“Kami orig na may karapatan mag-celebrate. From TAPE people and current hosts, none of them were there 44 years ago,” said Tito.
“Ano itatapat nila eh wala naman sila doon in the last 43 years? Feb lang pumasok mga new officers then June ito mga bagitong hosts,” he added.
TVJ Productions was reportedly preparing to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Eat Bulaga on their newest noontime show E.A.T.
They also filed a copyright infringement complaint against TAPE, asking the court to stop the production company from using Eat Bulaga’s title and jingle, which Vic Sotto wrote.