In a surprising development, the original hosts of the iconic noontime show "Eat Bulaga!"—Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon, collectively known as TVJ—have announced their move to TV5. After bidding farewell to their former producer, TAPE Inc., on May 31, 2023, the trio will now call TV5 their new home, bringing "Eat Bulaga!" with them.

Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon Bring "Eat Bulaga!" to TV5

The announcement was made via Twitter by TV5's official news account, News5, sharing the official statement from Mediaquest Group, headed by Jane Basas. Mediaquest Group has entered into an agreement with TVJ and the Dabarkads to produce content for TV5 and other Mediaquest platforms, marking a new chapter in the illustrious entertainment careers of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon. Jane Basas expressed her excitement about the partnership, emphasizing that it strengthens their ability to provide the best entertainment for Filipino viewers.

The move to TV5 comes with an interesting twist: despite the change in network, the show will retain its title, "Eat Bulaga!" This means that TV5's version of "Eat Bulaga!" will coexist with the new hosts taking over the show under TAPE Inc. on GMA-7. Tito Sotto, in an interview, revealed that they are working on reclaiming the show's name from TAPE.

The departure of TVJ from TAPE Inc. has caused significant changes in "Eat Bulaga!" On June 5, the new hosts of the show were introduced, including Cassy and Mavy Legaspi, Buboy Villar, Paolo Contis, Betong Sumaya, and Alexa Miro. The remaining hosts and production team of the long-running program eventually followed TVJ's decision to leave TAPE Inc..

With the move to TV5, TVJ aims to provide a fresh start for "Eat Bulaga!" and continue spreading joy and happiness to their loyal viewers. Tito Sotto expressed his gratitude to the Dabarkads (the show's regular contestants and supporters) who have become their new "Kapatid" (family) in this new venture, assuring everyone that the show's signature fun and excitement will carry on.

In conclusion, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon's decision to bring "Eat Bulaga!" to TV5 marks an exciting new chapter for the beloved noontime show. The show's retention of its title amidst the presence of a new version under TAPE Inc. showcases the unique dynamics in the Filipino entertainment industry. As the Dabarkads embark on this new journey, fans can expect their favorite show to continue entertaining and delighting audiences, now on TV5 and other Mediaquest platforms.



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