After four years of being part of the Kapamilya noontime show, Jhong Hilario has announced his departure from It’s Showtime.
The Sample King’s gave his short farewell message during the show’s Tawag ng Tanghalan segment on the March 23 episode.
"Last day ko na ngayon," he told his co-hosts and the studio audience. "Mami-miss ko kayo. Gusto kong magpasalamat [sa inyong lahat]. Direk Bobet [Vidanes], thank you po sa lahat."
Although he did not explicitly cited the reason for his departure, Jhong has revealed in previous reports that he is running for councilor in Makati City on the upcoming elections United Nationalist Alliance or UNA.
Jhong accounts his decision to try his hand in politics, from his “main influence,” his father, Makati Councilor Virgilio Hilario.
"Tapos na ang term niya and ako kasi lumaki ako na nasa pulitika ang daddy ko -- 18 years siyang naging barangay captain at nine years siyang naging councilor ng Makati -- at never akong nakarinig na negative na sinasabi sa kanya," he said
“Gusto kong ipagpatuloy ko kung ano ang nasimulan ng tatay ko na talaga namang wala akong masabi sa paglilingkod niya doon sa tao at sa Diyos kaya ‘yun ang gusto kong gawin,” Jhong added.
Jhong was the third Showtime host to leave the show.
The first one was Coleen Garcia, who opted to focus on her acting career and who is now working on a movie with Piolo Pascual and Dawn Zulueta.
The second one was Eric “Eruption” Tai, who opted to join the Philippine national rugby team.