Tape And Eat Bulaga Issue Explained – Why Did He Resign?

"Eat Bulaga" hosts Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon

The Tape And Eat Bulaga issue has become a hot topic online, capturing widespread attention. The sudden departure of the hosts sparked interest, leading people to seek explanations.

Eat Bulaga, the longest-running variety show in the Philippines, is a noontime television program on GMA Network. With over 13,000 episodes, it has captured viewers’ hearts since its premiere on July 30, 1979. 

The show’s original hosts were Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Chiqui Hollman, and Richie D’Horsie.

TAPE Inc., a prominent Philippine television production company founded by Adan Geive Flores in 1981, is the producer of Eat Bulaga and has formed a strong partnership with GMA Network Inc.

In 1989, due to complications caused by the sequestration of RPN, Eat Bulaga temporarily moved to ABS-CBN under a co-production agreement. 

The show debuted on ABS-CBN on February 18, 1989, with a special TV event called Eat… Bulaga!: Moving On, held at the Araneta Coliseum.

Eat Bulaga relocated from ABS-CBN Studio 1 to Celebrity Sports Plaza in 1994 to prepare for its transfer to GMA Network. The official contract signing between TAPE Inc. and GMA officials occurred on January 19, 1995, at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila.

The show finally premiered on GMA Network on January 28, 1995, accompanied by a TV special titled Eat… Bulaga!: The Moving!

Tape And Eat Bulaga Issue Explained 

On May 31, 2023, the renowned television program, Eat Bulaga, has stopped its live production. The original hosts, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon, decided to cut connections with TAPE Inc., the production firm behind the show.

The announcement resulted from an ongoing dispute between the trio, commonly known as TVJ, and Romeo Jalosjos, the Chairman of TAPE Inc.

The disagreement revolves around the alleged removal of Tony Tuviera, who was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Eat Bulaga!, as well as Jalosjos’ plans for the show.

Tape And Eat Bulaga Issue
Tape And Eat Bulaga issue: The original hosts of show Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon (Source: Philstar)

To the disappointment of loyal viewers, the May 31 announcement was exclusively live-streamed through Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Unfortunately, the new management prohibited the show from being aired live, leading to the broadcast of a replay episode on the GMA Network.

In an unexpected turn of events, not only did TVJ resign, but also other beloved hosts such as Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, Maine Mendoza, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Wally Bayola, Ryan Agoncillo, and Allan K.

Furthermore, various production team members, including camerapersons, writers, and sales personnel, submitted their resignations on the same day.

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Eat Bulaga  Why Did He Resign?

TAPE, the production company behind the popular noontime show Eat Bulaga, continues facing a wave of departure from its mainstays.

This departure follows the recent resignation of the longtime main hosts of the show, Vic Sotto, Tito Sotto, and Joey de Leon, who collectively form the iconic trio known as TVJ.

The news of their resignation came to light when Pauleen Luna-Sotto, co-host of Eat Bulaga and Vic Sotto’s wife, shared a photo of the team’s resignation letter on her Instagram stories.

It was revealed that the studio had refused to allow the hosts to film the live show on May 31, which prompted their decision.

Various issues seemed to have caused internal conflicts between the hosts and TAPE, including the retirement of Eat Bulaga producer Tony Tuviera and a reported outstanding debt of P30 million owed to TVJ.

Tape And Eat Bulaga Issue
Tape And Eat Bulaga issue: A day after the departure of Eat Bulaga! hosts and team, TAPE, Inc. issued a public statement. (Source: Twitter)

In response to the situation, TAPE released an official statement expressing their sadness about the turn of events.

They acknowledged and respected the hosts’ decision to leave Eat Bulaga and GMA 7 Network, their home for an impressive 28 years.

The statement further emphasized that the success of the beloved noontime show does not solely rely on the contributions of three individuals.

With these recent departures, the future of Eat Bulaga remains uncertain, leaving fans and viewers eagerly anticipating how the show will adapt and evolve without the presence of its longtime main hosts and other mainstays.

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