- ABS-CBN has previously been doing live staging for their hit show, "It's Showtime" and airing it via their YouTube channel and thru Zoe Broadcasting Network
- The network has decided to suspend further live staging of "It's Showtime" to ensure the safety of their hosts and staff
- Cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines have been increasing at an alarming rate and the government has started enforcing more stringent measures to contain the situation
- Netizens have sent out their continued support for the show and their prayers for everyone's safety amid the growing pandemic
ABS-CBN has announced that they will temporarily suspend live staging of its noontime variety show "It's Showtime" in a post on the show's official Instagram account.
The decision was made amid the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. ABS-CBN explained that the move to suspend live staging of the show was to keep their staff and hosts safe.
"To ensure the safety of our hosts and production team because of the surging COVID-19 cases in the country, ABS-CBN is suspending the live staging of "It's Showtime."
"Thank you for your support and understanding."
Though netizens expressed their sadness at the announcement, they also said that they understand the network's decision.
"Sana matapos ng lahat ng paghihirap ng mundo mabalik na sa normal lahat. Please Lord have mercy in us."
"Stay safe, everyone! Mamimiss na naman namin kayo."
"Sana mag-live na kayo. Laki ng epekto sa kalungkutan ng iba at sa akin. Pero dapat tapos na din itong COVID-19."
"Kahit nakakasad at mamimiss namin live shows, we understand po basta keep safe po everyone and my madlang people."
Jose Marie Borja Viceral popularly known as Vice Ganda, is a Filipino comedian, talk show host, television presenter, actor, and singer. He is a regular host on ABS-CBN's noontime variety show It's Showtime, and has starred in several films, eight of which are considered to be the highest-grossing in Philippine cinema.
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