Some things are created to last only for a short time, only for its positive and popular reception to change some plans and let those things carry on for longer than they were originally conceptualized for. This can hold true for electronic gadgets as well as TV programs. ABS-CBN’s Sunday night comedy talk show “Gandang Gabi, Vice” with host Vice Ganda counts for this descriptor, having been made to last only a single season upon premiering in 2011, only for fan demand to keep it going for close to a decade. But nothing really lasts forever; so too with this.
The Philippine Star has it that Vice Ganda’s late-night Sunday show “Gandang Gabi, Vice” aired its swan song episode this past Sunday, March 8, or close to nine years since its debut for a supposedly one-season run on ABS-CBN. And as a farewell special to the program, many major celebrity guests went on to reminisce about their time on “GGV” and paid tribute to both show and host for being one of the best Sunday-night diversions on Philippine TV, as well as being a constant trending topic on the country’s social media corner on platforms like Twitter, for so long.
Vice Ganda also made his own farewell to the show that he had headlined for the better part of the 2010s, along with its steady fan base, in a series of tweets on his personal Twitter page. Alongside giving a shout-out to the viewers, Vice assured them that there is always a possibility that “GGV” might eventually come back for a repeat engagement, and that its ending last Sunday was merely the beginning of a “long commercial break” for the show. On the show proper he also gave apologies to critics of the program that may have felt some offense owing to “GGV’s” risqué nature.
As for the commercial break Vice alluded to, he means the late Sunday night game show that will be taking the timeslot of “Gandang Gabi, Vice” called “Everybody, Sing.” Even better, he will be hosting that show as well so Vice himself is not exactly disappearing from Sunday evenings in the Kapamilya Network. The personalities that graced “GGV” on its last hurrah this March 8 included Angelica Panganiban, Daniel Padilla, Kim Chiu, Morisette Amon, and Moira dela Torre. The night was capped off by the surprise appearance of veteran broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo from TV5.
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