Vice Ganda openly shared that he once thought of leaving the noontime show It’s Showtime after the first season.
“After the first season, nagpaalam na ako. I felt so tired. Ito yung mga panahon na araw-araw sample, araw-araw required ako mag-isip nang may nag-text, naubos ako. Feeling ko talaga, naubos ako kasi hindi ako sanay sa showbiz. Parang nabigla ako sa bilis nang pagbabago sa buhay ko na hindi ko nasabayan.”
He started with Php 5,000.00 as a daily compensation on It’s Showtime so he could not afford a personal assistant or a stylist.
He also had to pay parking fees and buy his food so sometimes he would think that the work and effort were not worth it.
It was during this time when he also felt he was not free to love. He was not free to do concerts because being a part of the noontime show requires you to be present every single day.
He really wanted to go back accepting regular gigs at the comedy bar but not a regular TV show.
“Feeling ko hindi ako makalabas ng bahay, hindi ako makapag-jowa, hindi ako maka-raket, hindi ako maka-concert sa ibang bansa kasi dapat araw-araw ka nasa It’s Showtime. Feeling ko talaga hindi na ako nakakatawa.”
He left the noontime show for a month, without any formal resignation. Fortunately, the It’s Showtime management team was generous enough to allow him to do what he wanted.
The only thing that made him go back to the noontime show was when he started to miss his co-hosts, especially Anne Curtis.
“Na-miss ko ang ‘Showtime. Na-miss ko si Anne, si Anne talaga. Noong umiyak ako, sabi ko, nasanay na ako na nakikita ko na si Anne Curtis, parang ayoko nang hindi ko kasama si Anne Curtis. Si Anne ang malaking rason noon kung bakit ko gusto bumalik ng Showtime.”
Vice found the value of It’s Showtime in his life
From being one of the regular hosts of the long-time running noontime show since 2009, Its Showtime has opened so many doors for the comedian. Such as releasing a music album in 2010 by Star Music and hosting a Sunday talk show Gandang Gabi Vice. He was also part of the ABS-CBN’s Idol Philippines, as one of the prominent judges along with James Reid, Moira dela Torre and Regine Velasquez.
Despite his uncertainties during the first season of Its Showtime, Vice has found the value of the noontime show in his life. He has no plans of leaving, as it now completes him.
“Ngayon talaga nasa punto ako na hindi ko kayang mawala sa ‘Showtime. Hindi ko kayang mawala and ‘Showtime sa buhay ko, ikamamatay ko. Nakuha ko na ‘yung halaga niya sa buhay ko.”