The original "Despierta América" cast came back together in a historic reunion for the 20th anniversary of the Univision morning show. Ana María Canseco, Giselle Blondet, Fernando Arau, Neida Sandoval and Rafael José. It was this fivesome that made history and got back together on television to commemorate the milestone. Raúl González, who joined the show later was also there to celebrate with the current and former cast members. Watch all the personalities together in the video below and tell us what you think!
The co-hosts have changed over the years and the current roster includes: Karla Martinez, Alan Tacher, Satcha Pretto, William Valdés and up until recently Johnny Lozada. The moment was not easy as two of the original personalities are with Telemundo. In the Latino market, if you're on one network, you are usually banned from being mentioned or seen on the other network. Ana María Canseco is on "Un Nuevo Día", the morning show that competes with "Despierta América." Raúl González is not on television right now, but he has a contract with Telemundo. This encounter really shows that there are barries being broken down and we are moving into a more open marketplace.
"Despierta América" had been teasing the reunion for days on their social media accounts. "Because 'Despierta América' turns 20 years and there's no better way to celebrate than with who created it," the post reads. "Because they made history in Hispanic television and they deserve to do it again 20 years later. That is why they all return this week to the happiest home in Hispanic television."
Years ago, when Don Francisco announced he was ending his run on "Sábado Gigante" he appeared on the Telemundo award show "Premios Tu Mundo" where he was honored. It was historical because on the opposite network, they promoted the last episode of the variety show on the rival station.