On their sixth anniversary episode, comedian and It’s Showtime! host Vice Ganda surrendered the fight against Eat Bulaga on behalf of his co-hosts but dispelled rumors that their noontime show will soon be reformatted.
“Hindi naman po namin kayang talunin ang Eat Bulaga. Kahit pagsama-samahin namin ang powers namin at magtitiwarik ako dito, hindi ho namin kayang talunin ang Eat Bulaga,” Vice Ganda acknowledged/
He also recalled their ABS-CBN bosses’ statement when management decided to move their then-morning show, Showtime, to the noontime slot.
“Ang sabi ng boss namin, ‘Sino ba ang nagsabi sa inyo na tatalunin niyo ang Eat Bulaga? ‘Di naman namin kayo lalagay sa noontime para talunin ang Eat Bulaga. Sasamahan niyo lang sila sa pagpapasaya ng tao.”
Vice further added “Wala naman kaming intensyong makipagtalo at makipag-away. Simula pa lang po, talo na kami, itinataas na namin ang bandera nila dahil sila ay aming mga idolo at modelo. Hindi namin matatalo yan [Eat Bulaga].”
And for their online bashers who have long asked them to surrender, the outspoken comedian had this to say, “Ano ho ang gagawin namin? Porke’t hindi nagre-rate ay di na kami papasok? Eh paano po yung mga taong pumunta sa studio? Paano naman po yung iilan naming fans na nag-aabang sa amin?”
Finally, as if dispelling rumors that It’s Showtime will only air until December, he maintained, “Hangga’t may isang taong umaasa para sa ngiti mo, hindi po kami magtatapos.”
41 million tweets
Vice made the above statement as Eat Bulaga, staged a sold-out special show at Philippine Arena on Saturday.
Besides breaking TicketWorld history by selling out 55,000 tickets in a matter of days, Eat Bulaga’s Sa Tamang Panahon special also broke its previous record on micro-blogging social media site Twitter.
The epic weekend episode, which also made a first via a commercial break-free three hour show, garnered over 41 million Tweets for the #ALDubEBTamangPanahon hashtag.
The most number of tweets previously recorded was during the Brazil versus Germany World Cup semi-final, where a total of 35.6 million tweets were made on July 8, 2014.
As the interactive Reverb chart of Twitter revealed, there were three peaks in the #ALDubEBTamangPanahon conversation with the highest at more than 48,000 Tweets per minute at 2:29 p.m. This was when Alden Richards sang “God Gave Me You” to Maine Mendoza a.k.a. Yaya Dub, and the couple hugged for the first-time.
The most shared Tweet for #ALDubEBTamangPanahon came from Yaya Dub herself, Maine Mendoza, which had over 74,000 Retweets and was viewed nearly 2.4 million times on Twitter.