Joey de Leon defends “Eat Bulaga!” show in L.A.; resigns from Manila Bulletin

Joey de Leon defends "Eat Bulaga!" show in L.A.; resigns from Manila Bulletin

Joey de Leon believes that videos cannot lie. e dares all critics, who said that Eat Bulaga’s recent show in L.A. was a flop, to watch its coverage on Saturday, August 2. “Ganito na lang, sa Sabado [August 2], ipapalabas namin ‘yong L.A. show. Ewan ko nga ba ‘yong iba, e. Kami pinapalabas namin, so pinapakita namin. ‘Yong iba nga diyan hindi nila maipalabas,” challenged Joey.

Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon declared his resignation from daily broadsheet Manila Bulletin in an interview with GMA News reporter Aubrey Carampel shown last night, July 31, on 24 Oras.

The entertainment guru decided to end his stint as a columnist of the said broadsheet after reading a column written by Dindo Balares of Balita, a sister publication of Manila Bulletin. Joe’s column was titled “De Leon’s Den.”

The TV host-comedian said, “‘Yong nabasa ko, e, kapatid na tabloid ng Manila Bulletin. Ang nagsulat pa, e, isang entertainment editor. Hanapin n’yo na lang kung ano ang ibig kong sabihin. Sinulat nga na nag-flop ‘yong Eat Bulaga! [show in Los Angeles last July 19]. So, nadismaya ako. Kaya sa oras na ito, ako po’y nagre-resign sa Manila Bulletin.”

PRANGKAHAN ARTICLE. In the article titled “Bakit nag-flop sa U.S. ang Eat Bulaga?” published in Balita last Tuesday, July 29, Balares wrote: “Usap-usapan sa kahit na saang umpukan sa showbiz na nasasalihan namin ngayon ang diumano’y pagiging flop ng Eat Bulaga sa U.S. Superflop pa nga ang naririnig naming sinasabi ng mga malditang bading. Ayon sa mga katoto na may makakating dila, nagsimula raw ang tsismis sa pagiging flop ng Eat Bulaga sa Internet.”

The column titled Prangkahan went on by analyzing the possibility as to why the venue of Eat Bulaga’s L.A. show, which was in L.A. Sports Arena, was not filled with audience.

It read, “Kauna-unawa kung hindi man napuno ng Eat Bulaga ang venue ng show. Alam ng kahit sinong local entertainment insider na hindi pa saturated na gaya ng TFC subscribers ang mga kababayan natin sa U.S. na nakakabit sa GMA-7. Ibig sabihin, wala pang matatag na connection sa mga Pinoy sa Tate ang GMA-7.”

In the latter part of the article, Balares mentioned that Eat Bulaga! still lacked the “emotional investment,” which could be the reason it did not have a successful show in L.A.

Balares wrote, “May mga paraan namang naisip ang promoter ng Eat Bulaga! sa U.S. kaya inimbitahan nilang maging guests sina Judy Ann Santos at Ryan Agoncillo na kilala ng mga Pinoy sa Tate

“‘Yon nga lang, sadyang wala pa talagang ‘emotional investment’ ang Eat Bulaga sa U.S. kaya may mga usap-usapan ding nanggagaling sa U.S. na ipinamigay na ang mga tickets pero, ayon na rin sa kwento ng isa naming kakilala na may kamag-anak doon na nabigyan ng ticket, ‘Nanatiling busy ang mga Pinoy.’”

JOEY ANSWERS BACK. As a defense for Eat Bulaga!, Joey told GMA News, “Okay lang ang journalism, magtirahan, e. Pero ‘yong maninira ka na wala ka naman doon, hindi ka nanonood, kahit anong bakurang kakampi ka pa na lugar, e, huwag kang magsisinungaling.”

He even challenged the critics to watch the controversial L.A. show when they air it this Saturday.

Joey dared, “Ganito na lang, sa Sabado [August 2], ipapalabas namin ‘yong L.A. show. Ewan ko nga ba ‘yong iba, e. Kami pinapalabas namin, so pinapakita namin. ‘Yong iba nga diyan, hindi nila maipalabas. Well, sabi ng iba sa Amerika, ‘Bakit hindi sila ano…’ ‘Yong mga nagsusulat na ninira, bakit hindi sila humingi ng mga diyaryo sa L.A., lahat noong linggong ‘yon at sila ang magpatunay o kaya panoorin nila sa Sabado.”

Meanwhile, Manila Bulletin’s entertainment editor Crispina Belen said that she respects the decision of Joey to resign as coulmunist. The broadsheet also clarifies that Manila Bulletin’s editorial board is different from that of Balita.

NERISA ALMO
Philippine Entertainment Portal

1 Comment »

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    brian Says:

    totoo nman ah mag flop talaga ang eat bulaga kase wla nmang kwenta ang mga host mga matatanda na ..and excuse me po si joey po ang naninira bakit cya affected?totoo talga.


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