ABS-CBN‘s noontime show “It’s Showtime” has temporarily stopped the staging of live shows to ensure the safety of its hosts and production team. The network is airing past episodes of the variety television show for now.
In a statement released on March 21, 2021, ABS-CBN said, “To ensure the safety of our hosts and production team because of the surging COVID-19 cases in the country, ABS-CBN is suspending temporarily the live staging of ‘It’s Showtime.'” Despite the sudden announcement, they are hoping for the understanding and support of their viewers.
Last year, ABS-CBN also suspended production, both of live shows and teleseryes, in compliance with what was then the government’s first declaration of a community quarantine. Prior to this decision, the network has also already halted the admission of live studio audiences for live shows such as “It’s Showtime” and “ASAP Natin ‘To.”