MIAMI–If you speak Spanish, you’ve probably watched Sábado Gigante at least a few times.
Even if you don’t understand the language, you’ve probably flipped by. After all, those folks have a lot of fun.
It’s part comedy, part music, part game show, part lie detector. By design, it’s almost every genre of TV, rolled into one three-hour show every week.
Host Don Francisco has even interviewed Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Put that all together and you have the longest running variety show in TV history worldwide!
“Giant Saturday” has been on TV for 53 years. But it’s all coming to an end. Univision says the last episode of Sábado Gigante will be September 19.
Mario Kreutzberger created the show using the stage name, “Don Francisco,” back in 1962, and he’s never missed an episode.
Kreutzberger’s life is a story in and of itself. He was born in Chile, to German-Jewish immigrants who escaped the Nazis. Emmys.com describes his early life and the trip to New York that inspired him to create Sabado Gigante back home.
He’s 74 now, and Univision says he’ll still host specials on the network.
More than 2 million Americans watch Sábado Gigante every week. There’s gonna be a giant void in their Saturday nights starting this fall.