After their tribute, what’s next for “Eat Bulaga!” hosts?
Former and current hosts of “Eat Bulaga!” looked back on their experiences and expressed their support for the embattled show after the main hosts Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon bid goodbye to the show’s producer, TAPE Inc. on May 31, 2023.
Among the hosts who immediately took to their reactions to social media accounts were Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, and Ryan Agoncillo.
“Hanggang sa muli, dabarkads. Maraming salamat, @eatbulaga1979,” Maine wrote.
Meanwhile, Alden noted the the show’s legacy and said, “Always and forever… @eatbulaga1979.”
Former host Toni Gonzaga posted a throwback photo of her with Tito, Vic, and Joey and added the caption “Noontime Kings.”
Ryan Agoncillo, for his part, chose to thank the 44-year-old show on his post.
Former Sexbomb member Rochelle Pangilinan looked back on how the show paved the way for her to enter the business. She said, “Dito ako nagsimula. Dito ako umpisang nakilala. Dito ako lumaban at bumawi. Hanggang mag spaghetti ako pababa at pataas.”
Julia Clarete, for her part, posted about what the show meant for her. Julia wrote, “#mayforever my forever.”
What’s next for “Eat Bulaga!”?
Following the main hosts’ announcement, the resignation letter signed by the other hosts of the show also dated May 31, 2023, surfaced.
Among those who signed were Maine, Ryan, Paolo Ballesteros, Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, Allan K, and Ryzza Mae Dizon.
While the next course of events remains unknown, TAPE Inc. has finally issued a statement a day after the controversial exit of the “Eat Bulaga!” hosts, as seen on the Instagram Stories of Seth Frederick “Bullet” Jalosjos, TAPE’s Director of Finance.
While they are “saddened by the turn of events yesterday,” the statement added that “We respect the decision of the hosts to leave Eat Bulaga and GMA 7 Network, which has been their home for 28 years.”
“We are grateful to the men and women who worked tirelessly for the past 43 years to make our noontime show number 1. The success of Eat Bulaga is not dependent only on three (3) people but on the collaborative efforts of its talents, crew, and loyal viewers,” it said.
“Abangan ninyo ang mga bagong magpapasaya at magpapatibok ng ating mga puso. Aasahan niyo ang mas masaya, mas nakakaaliw at HIGIT PA SA ISANG LIBO’T ISANG TUWA na Eat Bulaga. Patuloy ang Dabarkads na maglilingkod para sa inyo, mga Kapuso MULA APARRI HANGGANG JOLO AT SA BUONG MUNDO,” it said.
TAPE said that “Eat Bulaga” will continue despite the exodus of its hosts. It also asked the public to watch out for upcoming news on the beleaguered show.
“Ang pag-alis ng mga hosts ay hindi dahilan para tumigil ang pag-ikot ng mundo. Maraming Salamat!” it added.
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