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Univision's 'Sábado Gigante' ending after 53 years on the air

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Sábado Gigante, which the Guinness Book of Records calls the world’s longest-running TV variety show, is signing off after 53 years on television. Univision announced Friday that, after moving to the network in 1986, the Spanish-language show will air its last episode on Sept. 19.

Hosted by Chilean-born Don Francisco, the eclectic program featured a mixture of musical performances, human-interest stories, and comedic segments like the Miss Colita beauty pageant and El Chacal de la Trompeta—in which six contestants sing for a cash prize and El Chacal eliminates the worst of the bunch, a la The Gong Show. (But with a trumpet.)

“It’s with no small amount of emotion that I’m announcing that after 53 years, the hit show Sábado Gigante is ending,” Don Francisco said in a translated statement.  “30 of those years were possible thanks to Univision in the United States.”