MTRCB suspends ‘It’s Showtime’ for 12 airing days

Photo from It's Showtime Facebook page
Photo from It's Showtime Facebook page

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) meted a 12 airing day suspension for “It’s Showtime” over the indecent act of its hosts in July.

The decision concerning the program’s episode on July 25, 2023 was issued by the MTRCB on Monday, September 4, 2023.

“Viewers have lodged multiple complaints before the MTRCB concerning the show's 25 July 2023 episode wherein the program's hosts allegedly acted in an indecent manner during one of its segments, ‘Isip Bata.’ The said case was referred to the MTRCB's Hearing and Adjudication Committee, which heard the case and required the respondents to submit their position papers, following a procedural process,” the MTRCB said in a statement.

The program’s management may file a motion for reconsideration within 15 days following the receipt of the decision.

The MTRCB said it received multiple complaints against It’s Showtime for 2023 alone.

It said the board also recently issued warnings to the noontime show over the “inappropriate utterance” of several words by its hosts in three separate episodes on January 9, January 24 and June 3.

In these occasions, the MTRCB said the respondents, the ABS-CBN Corporation Broadcasting Network, ZOE Broadcasting Network Inc. and TV5 Network Inc., remiss in the performance of their respective functions and duties required under the law.

The program was also called out by the MTRCB over the indecent attire and performance of Kim Duenas in the "Girl on Fire" segment aired on February 14, 2023.

“At present, the noontime show has duly submitted their MRs for the above-mentioned cases which are currently pending with the MTRCB's Adjudication Committee,” the MTRCB said.

The MTRCB said it also received multiple complaints regarding the noontime show, such as regarding the "Rampanalo" segment money game where hosts were paired together to catch play money using their lips, the allegedly suggestive "macho" dancing in one of the show's segments, the wardrobe malfunctions or "nip slips" of one of the performers, and the alleged inappropriate wearing of the Barong Tagalog of one of the hosts, which the Board dismissed in the spirit of fairness and equity.

In 2010, the MTRCB imposed a 20-day preventive suspension on ABS-CBN's daily variety program then called "Showtime." (SunStar Philippines)


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