By Cleve Bryan

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s official: WIP’s Wing Bowl has come to an end. An emotional Angelo Cataldi made the announcement Tuesday morning.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a very difficult decision to make because of our great affection for it. But WIP has decided to end Wing Bowl. Wing Bowl, after 26 years now, has been put to rest at WIP,” said Cataldi on air.

“People in our city tend to embrace the unusual and love that it is and I think Wing Bowl was a part of that,” said Cataldi .

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Cataldi also Tweeted, “It’s official. Wing Bowl is over, after 26 amazing years. Thanks to everyone who made it such an amazing success.”

Cataldi and co-host Al Morganti started the eating competition in 1993. It drew thousands of people to the Wells Fargo Center every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl.

They came up with the idea for Wing Bowl as a way to get Philly sports fans through another win-less season but now that the Eagles are champions, they say it’s not needed.

“I’m happy that it’s over cause I think it ran its course. Wing Bowl was only meant to be a pre-Super Bowl party because the Eagles were never in the Super Bowl when it started. You know once the Eagles won the Super Bowl it’s like mission accomplished,” said Morganti

“I don’t think any of us think there’s a way to top it and sometimes it’s better to burn out than fade away,” echoed Spike Eskin, WIP’s program director.