The Jalosjos brothers leading TAPE Inc. did not hold back in addressing the breakup that rocked the entertainment world – the exit of the iconic trio former Sen. Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon from “Eat Bulaga.”
TAPE president/CEO Romeo “Jon” Jalosjos Jr. and his brother company finance director Bullet Jalosjos expressed sadness over the departure of TVJ, but also took a parting shot at the three popular hosts.
In a statement, the Jalosjos siblings made it clear the success of the long-running variety show is not dependent on only just three persons. Instead, they have credited the hard work of everyone involved in the show, from its talents, crew to the devoted fans.
“TAPE, Inc. is saddened by the turn of events yesterday, May 31 but we respect the decision of the hosts to leave Eat Bulaga and GMA 7 Network, which has been their home for 28 years,” the Jalosjos brothers said in a statement.
“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,” they added.
On May 31, Tito, Vic and Joey bade farewell to Eat Bulaga viewers after a bitter breakup with TAPE production company. Rumors have circulated that the trio may move to a rival television network.
Despite the departure of TVJ from TAPE, the Jalosjos brothers conceded that life must go on.
Keeping its commitment to provide “quality entertainment,” they plan to produce an even “bigger” Eat Bulaga in partnership with GMA-7 tv network beyond the three icons.
“It is unfortunate, but life must go on. As with life, we have to accept changes but we have a duty to every Filipino,” the brothers said in the same statement.
“Ang pag-alis ng mga hosts ay hindi dahilan para tumigil ang pag-ikot ng mundo,” they added.
Romeo is a former Zamboanga del Norte lawmaker while his younger brother Bullet serves as Dapitan City mayor. They are the sons of convicted child rapist and former lawmaker Romeo Jalosjos.
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