'Sabado Gigante' Ends 53-Year Run With Emotional, Star-Studded Finale
Barack Obama was among those saying goodbye to the Don Francisco-hosted Univision series, which is TV's longest-running variety show.
Sabado Gigante signed off on Saturday after a 53-year run with an emotional final telecast.
The Univision show's host and creator Mario Kreutzberger — better known as Don Francisco — welcomed entertainment figures and returning faces throughout the live, three-hour episode.
Barack and Michelle Obama offered congratulations via a recorded message, while music stars Shakira, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias also provided tributes.
The final segment featured Gloria Estefan performing a song called "Hasta Siempre (Forever)," which she co-wrote with her husband for the show's finale.
More than a thousand fans of Sabado Gigante — TV's longest-running variety series — showed up to watch the final hurrah from within the studio and soak up the atmosphere along the Golden Carpet.
Don Francisco concluded the proceedings by giving a short speech, followed by the cast and crew joining him down the Golden Carpet to a bus with a sign reading "Hasta Siempre." The team boarded the bus, which then drove off.