Renowned talent manager Noel Ferrer recently confirmed that Kapuso host Kim Atienza was approached to host the new “Eat Bulaga” program but had to decline the offer. Ferrer made the announcement on his Instagram account, sharing screenshots of an article by Inquirer Bandera and a speculation by GMA-7 fan account Kapuso Forever on Facebook.
In his post, Ferrer expressed gratitude for considering Kim Atienza for a premier hosting platform but clarified that he couldn’t accept the opportunity due to prior commitments with another Kapuso program called “Tiktoclock.” Atienza is an exclusive talent for “Tiktoclock” and therefore couldn’t take on hosting duties for “Eat Bulaga.”
Ferrer emphasized that hosting “Eat Bulaga” would conflict with Atienza’s schedule and existing contract with “Tiktoclock,” which has been performing well in the ratings. The talent manager thanked everyone and wished them a happy Monday, concluding his post with the hashtags #LetGodGuideOurWay and #ForeverGrateful.
The post generated significant attention on social media, with netizens expressing their hopes that Atienza wouldn’t get caught up in the ongoing controversy between Tito and Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and production company TAPE Inc. Atienza’s wife, Felicia, also commented on the post, thanking Ferrer for clearing the air.
While Kim Atienza has not directly addressed the speculations about hosting “Eat Bulaga,” he shared a photo on his personal Instagram page featuring himself dining with former “It’s Showtime” co-hosts Billy Crawford and Eric Tai. He captioned the image as “Eats Chowtime,” seemingly making a playful reference to the rival noontime shows “Eat Bulaga” and “It’s Showtime.”
Following the departure of Tito and Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and other mainstay hosts from “Eat Bulaga,” the show introduced a new set of hosts on June 5. After airing replays for four days, the program unveiled Paolo Contis, Cassy and Mavy Legaspi, Alexa Miro, Betong Sumaya, and Buboy Villar as the newest additions to the hosting lineup.
In conclusion, talent manager Noel Ferrer confirmed that Kim Atienza declined an offer to host “Eat Bulaga” due to his prior commitments with the successful Kapuso program “Tiktoclock.” While fans speculated about Atienza’s potential involvement, he has not directly addressed the matter. As the iconic noontime show introduces a new set of hosts, viewers await the next chapter in “Eat Bulaga’s” long and storied history.