MANILA — Facing three compatriots on “It’s Showtime” on Friday, South Korean and self-proclaimed “Pinoy at heart” Ryan Bang was warned, in jest, of being eased out of the noontime program after the contestants successfully entertained the studio audience, several times at his expense.
The masked South Koreans were the mystery men in the special edition of “KapareWho,” a matchmaking segment which Bang co-hosts.
The contestant with the code name Song-Yupsal, in particular, had impeccable comic timing that resulted in Vice Ganda joking that he would fare well as a replacement of Bang.
The other two contestants appeared to catch on with the gag. Throughout the segment, they took turns making humorous jabs at Bang, laughing collectively when Vice Ganda brought up his “anak-anakan” being an actor and a recording artist.
(Watch the full segment in the video below, starting at the 2:32:30 mark.)
They also poked fun at Bang’s translation of game instructions from Filipino to Korean, claiming that their inability to participate properly was because of him.
Bang wouldn’t have it, however. He retaliated not with words but by getting physical with the contestants, making the studio erupt in laughter.
As the episode aired, several topics related to “It’s Showtime” topped trends on Twitter, including the official hashtag #ShowtimeWalangBitaw.
Updating viewers about the real-time rankings of the Twitter topics, Vice Ganda initiated a deal: if the official hashtag tops the worldwide list, Song-Yupsal will become a guest co-host, signaling “the end” of Bang’s career.
“Katapusan mo na!” the comedy superstar told Bang, in jest.
True enough, #ShowtimeWalangBitaw reached the top spot in the worldwide list of Twitter trends. At that point, the mainstays announced Song-Yupsal as an upcoming guest co-host, with Vice Ganda initiating a group hug excluding Bang.
Also ranking in the trending topics were Jinho Bae (Song-Yupsal) and Jerry Kim (Malupet Lover), the actual names of two contestants who happen to be popular YouTube vloggers.
After the sparring of jokes on air, there appeared to be no hard feelings as Bang posed for a photo backstage with his fellow South Koreans, as seen in a tweet from co-host Jugs Jugueta.