Vice Ganda — one of ABS-CBN’s biggest stars — expressed his utmost support for the embattled media giant as it faces one of its darkest hours, giving an assurance that he would never leave the Kapamilya network no matter what.
During the episode of It’s Showtime which aired last Saturday, January 18, the 44-year-old comedian admitted that he might never be able to deal with the circumstance should the noontime show be forced to go off the air.
“For me, no. Hindi ko talaga keri. Hindi talaga kekerihin. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko yun idi-deal with. Kasi nangyari na ito sa amin dati,” he said.
“Ako talaga, hinanda ko na yung sarili ko. Feeling ko talaga, tatanggalin kami nung panahon ng AlDub,” he confessed.
He then went on to share how he kept thinking if It’s Showtime was still relevant during that time.
“Nung panahon ng AlDub, feeling ko wala nang nanonood ng Showtime. Parang buong Pilipinas, nakatutok sa AlDub. Tapos parang ang laking kasalanan kapag fan ka ng Showtime,” he said.
“Ang laking kasalanan kapag nanonood ka ng Showtime. Parang nag-aaway-away yung mga tao sa social media. Parang hindi ka dapat nanonood ng Showtime, dapat lahat tayo nakatutok lang sa AlDub. ‘Yung ganun. Tapos ang baba baba na ng ratings ng Showtime,” he added.
Vice also admitted that he already accepted the fact that the network would cancel the show.
But just when he thought it was over for him and everyone else on the show, Vice found hope and shared how ABS-CBN fought for It’s Showtime through and through.
“Ako, laban na laban pa rin ako. Pero dumating ako sa punto na habang lumalaban ako, tinanaggap ko na feeling ko, anytime soon, tatawagan ako ng management. Tapos sasabihin, ‘We are cancelling the show,’” he said.
He added: “Tanggap ko ‘yun. Tapos, hindi nangyari. Hindi ginawa ng ABS-CBN. Hindi ako nilaglag. Hindi nilaglag yung show.”
That said, Vice promised never to leave the network at a time when it needs him.
“’Yun ang pinanghahawakan ko eh. Magkamatayan na. Hindi ko iiwanan itong ABS-CBN ngayon. Kasi nu’ng nangyari ito sa buhay ko, hindi ako iniwanan ng ABS eh,” he said.
He continued: “Lahat kaming hosts, lahat kaming show, isama na natin ‘yung director namin, hindi ‘yan iniwanan ng ABS nung mukha na kaming kawawa at halos patay na kami.”