Amidst the issue of ABS-CBN being rejected a chance for a franchise by the House committee, Vice Ganda could not help himself and walked out during his opening number with fellow castmates on It's Showtime.
In the beginning of the Saturday, July 11 edition of the show, while the hosts were entering the stage, Vice already looked like he was not in the mood.
While his fellow co-hosts Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpuz were all smiles and energy during the opening number, Vice simply gave a forced smile when his theme song line began to play.
As the hosts continued to be all jolly on the live show, the Unkabogable Box Office Star stood still until it was visible during Jhong's turn to sing that the former walked off the stage.
Vice did not return onstage to finish the opening number with his fellow co-hosts.
During the commercial break, however, as he trended on Twitter because of his action, Vice Ganda explained his part on the social media platform.
“Kailangan kong umexit sa point na yun para umiyak. I couldn’t fake it. Pero ok nako after humagulgol.” the television host-comedian said.
After the break, Vice resumed his hosting duties.
Although Vice did not say the reason for his walking out, netizens started to assume that it was due to Congress' junking of ABS-CBN's franchise renewal yesterday, June 10.
70 congresspeople opted to vote "Yes" to reject the media giant for a chance at a franchise, after having a 25-year franchise end last May 4.
11 members of Congress voted "No" while 2 opted to inhibit and 1 abstained.
pikapika.ph had a chance to have an exclusive interview with Vice Ganda during his pictorial for his upcoming The Vice Ganda Network last Wednesday, July 8.
When asked what he felt about what ABS-CBN has been going through, he said he was trying to keep positive despite facing huge sadness with his fellow Kapamilya stars.
“I’m keeping my optimism, my positivity,” Vice said. “I’m not so happy right now. I’m not very happy. I’m not laughing all the time. There are times I have been crying, there are times, I’m bothered. I have been overthinking. There are times galit ako. But it’s okay."
“Kahit anuman ’yung emosyon ko, I’m trying to keep myself positive. I’m clinging to my hope. Di ako bumibitaw sa hope na ’yun... na magiging okay yan, may gagawin ang Diyos na magiging okay. Diba? Sana bukas sa botohan...’yun ’yung ano...basta pinagkakatiwala ko na sa Diyos ’yun.” he added.
It's Showtime continues to stay on the air via alternative platforms such as the Kapamilya Channel, a cable and satellite channel showing a number of ABS-CBN shows such as FPJ's Ang Probinsyano and ASAP Natin 'To.
It also shows on online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and iWant.
It could be recalled that ABS-CBN's franchise expired last May 4. The next day, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered a cease and desist on the network, prompting them to stop television and radio operations.