Noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’ finds itself in a state of uncertainty as it awaits a crucial decision that will ultimately determine its future.
‘It’s Showtime’ has been embroiled in a recent controversy, leading to a suspension imposed by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). This suspension was a consequence of a cake-licking incident involving Vice Ganda and Ion Perez during the ‘Isip Bata’ segment that took place in July.
After the MTRCB rejected the motions for reconsideration filed by ABS-CBN Corporation and GMA Network, Inc., the next course of action for ‘It’s Showtime’ is to make an appeal to the Office of the President. This appeal will be a significant turning point in deciding the fate of the popular television program.
Sen. Ramon ‘Bong Revilla’ Jr. has become actively involved in the matter, appealing to Pres. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. to consider the well-being of the show’s “no work-no pay” employees during the ongoing appeal process. Sen. Revilla expressed deep concern for these affected workers, particularly parents who rely on their jobs to support their children’s education.
While Sen. Revilla maintains that he does not wish to interfere with the case’s outcome, he is genuinely worried about the humanitarian aspect of the situation. He hopes that ABS-CBN and GMA Network will also submit their appeals to the President within the 15-day timeframe. The Senator remains confident that humanitarian considerations will prevail once the case undergoes a thorough review.
Promptly responding to Sen. Revilla’s call to the Office of the President regarding the ‘It’s Showtime’ case, the MTRCB hopes that if ‘It’s Showtime’ chooses to appeal the 12-day suspension, the welfare of employees who fall under the “no work, no pay” policy will be given due consideration.
As of now, no official announcement has been made regarding whether ‘It’s Showtime’ plans to appeal to the President or has opted to accept the suspension and is making necessary preparations.
In the event of a suspension, it is anticipated that the show will be temporarily replaced with a different program, potentially featuring an entirely new set of hosts.
Despite the ongoing uncertainties, the show received a significant morale boost when executives from both ABS-CBN and GMA Network made a surprise visit on Thursday, September 29.
ABS-CBN’s COO for broadcast, Cory Vidanes, and GMA’s Senior Vice President for Programming, Talent Management, Worldwide, and Support Group, Annette Gozon-Valdes, joined the hosts of ‘It’s Showtime’ in extending greetings to the audience and viewers. They seized the opportunity to echo the show’s iconic catchphrases, “What’s up Madlang people” and “What’s up Madlang Kapuso.”
The collaboration between ABS-CBN and GMA for the airing of ‘It’s Showtime’ on GTV commenced in July, and it has witnessed the participation of various Kapuso stars in the Kapamilya noontime show. The outcome of the show’s appeal to the President will be closely watched by fans and industry observers alike.