Did Joey De Leon Strike At Vice Ganda’s Helicopter Entrance On “It’s Showtime?”

1,000 floors naman ang taas ng ibinigay nyong pagpansin sa amin… lagpas helicopter!” 

“E.A.T.” host Joey de Leon has seemingly thrown a not-so-subtle strike at Vice Ganda’s opening performance during “It’s Showtime’s” debut episode under GTV on Saturday, July 1. 

Joey uploaded a photo on Instagram on July 2, a day after “E.A.T” debuted as a regular noontime show on TV5. Seen with him in the photo are Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and the rest of what they call as the “legit Dabarkads.” 

The caption reads: “Ganito kaliit lang ang studio namin sa TV5, parang elevator pero 1,000 floors naman ang taas ng ibinigay nyong pagpansin sa amin… lagpas helicopter!” 

What comes as a casual caption was taken rather negatively by netizens who quickly incorporated “helicopter” to Vice Ganda

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It can be recalled that the Kapamilya comedian rode a helicopter from ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building to the GMA-7 rooftop as part of his grand opening production for “It’s Showtime’s” initial run on GTV channel. Upon landing, Vice then took the elevator down to perform with the dancers. 

TV5 and GTV’s head-on entertainment clash

Viewers had seen an entertainment clash over the weekend as the two networks launched their banner noontime shows. 

ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime,” which used to run under TV5, is now GTV’s headline program for its noontime block. TV5, on the other hand, has brought forth its “priority” project “E.A.T.” bannered by original “Eat Bulaga!” trio Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon. 

Vice Ganda with "It's Showtime" co-hosts
IMAGE: @itsshowtimena on Instagram

The existing landscape between networks is attributed heavily on TVJ and the rest of the “Eat Bulaga!” hosts’ decision to leave the program and the network over unsettled disputes with program producer TAPE Inc. 

Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey De Leon
IMAGE: @tv5manila on Instagram

As they found a new home in the Kapatid network, they were then offered to lead a program, which ultimately booted “It’s Showtime” out of its regular noontime broadcast and was instead offered a 4:30 p.m. time slot with a delayed telecast. 

As TV5 chairman Manny Pangilinan puts it, the outcome “was just a  purely business decision that we arrived at.” 

READ ALSO: Did New TVJ Show Bump Off “It’s Showtime” On TV5? Tito, Joey Share Thoughts


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