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A “Sabado Gigante” without Don Francisco?


Yes you heard right, Don Francisco is slowly, but surely exiting from the legendary Latino show “Sabado Gigante”. After more than fifty years of entertaining families every Saturday night with his jokes and games, Don Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, has decided that it is time for him to pass the microphone to a younger host.

Does this mean that the longest running show is in danger of ending? According to Kreutzberger, absolutely not! He will be mentoring and co-hosting Sabado Gigante with his eventual predecessor for a few more shows. The date of Don Francisco’s last show has not been set yet. So maybe the 72-year old is not completely ready to leave the spotlight?

Even though many of us secretly hope that he will not be quitting, his exit process has clearly begun as more and more entertainers like Julian Gil and Chiquinquira Delgado are taking on the daunting task of co-hosting the show. Both Delgaldo and Gil have big shoes to fill in as they are expected to continue making Sabado Gigante a successful show by luring in a younger audience while keeping the current demographic it serves satisfied.

Starting next week, both entertainers will co-host the show and provide the audience with a taste of the new direction that Sabado Gigante is taking. Ultimately, the upcoming shows will serve as an audition for both Gil and Delgado. The audience will ultimately determine if the new hosts are permanent.

Hopefully both Gil and Delgado will be successful with the transition and continue making Sabado Gigante the show to watch every Saturday night for many more years to come.


About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. nice article.. Thanks for sharing

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