Akiko Wada’s gaffe disillusioned viewers… “Akko ni Omakase! is coming to an end. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Akiko Wada’s gaffe disillusioned viewers… “Akko ni Omakase! is coming to an end.

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He also said that he was “thinking about pulling out”…

‘Nutbar is more of a half-open mouth. Always. If you make a mistake, it’s a thing, but those teeth are so cute, like a beaver’s.”

On the March 19 broadcast of “Akko ni Omakase! (hereinafter referred to as “Akko”) (TBS) on March 19, the host Akiko Wada (73) said something that, as expected, caused a firestorm in the comments section of social networking sites. The program was titled “WBC Samurai Japan Support SP” and featured the ongoing World Baseball Classic. Wada spoke as shown at the beginning of the program, imitating the face of Lars Nutobar (25), a player who is currently playing in the World Baseball Classic. This was greeted with a lot of comments on social networking sites,

What is that thing if you make a mistake? Are you trying to say I’m an idiot or a moron?”

He’s making fun of people’s looks. Problem statement!

The SNS was filled with comments such as, “You’re making fun of people’s looks! In the December 18 broadcast of last year’s program, she addressed former TBS announcer Kuniyama Hasen (32), who was an assistant on the program at the time,

He said, “I used to say, ‘Can you speak English? And when he said, ‘Not at all,’ I said, ‘It’s strange that you can’t speak English with that look on your face. Then I went to school and became fluent.

He then went to school and became fluent. Naturally, social networking sites saw this as “appearance bullying” and “discriminatory remarks,” and this too caused a firestorm,

On April 9, he said to Shohei Otani (28), “I know it’s very rude to say this, but not a few people don’t like pandas either, surprisingly. Even if there is no one who loves Shohei Otani, there is no one who speaks ill of him, right?

This also drew fire.

He said, “I think it’s okay to say anything as long as you preface it or follow it up a little bit.

TBS should think about it and make a new program. From a viewer.”

These comments received many “likes.

Mr. Wada’s gaffes in the program are not new. However, the viewer rating began to drop sharply around August of last year, and on August 28, it recorded 4.6%, the lowest in the program’s history (individual viewer rating was 2.5%), and it was reported in some quarters that the program might be terminated by the end of the year. In addition, from the end of last year to the beginning of this year, Mr. Wada’s health was seriously deteriorating, and some people concerned were saying, “Maybe it’s time to end the program.

Wada had long revealed that he was undergoing surgery for an eye disease and pain in his hip joint. In his radio program “God Afternoon, Akko no Ikaigen ni 1000 times” (Nippon Broadcasting System), which he appeared on in January of this year, he reported that the progress of both of these problems was not good.

He said, “I’m feeling a little depressed myself every day. But because of the medication, I have an appetite, but I’m crying while eating. I thought, ‘How can I eat while crying when I should be doing one or the other? No, seriously.

He also revealed his painful feelings. Even when she appeared on “Akko,” she was barely able to stand, and it was not until February that the cane was removed from her body. Recently, just when he thought he was finally feeling better, he made another gaffe with his panda comment about Otani. In every sense of the word, the uncertainty for the continuation of the program has not been dispelled. The program, which started in October 1985, is the longest-running live variety show, but what do the people involved think about the current situation?

It is true that the current ratings are around 5%, which is not as high as in the past, but as long as the current situation is maintained, it will continue to grow. However, as long as we maintain the current level, we are still doing fine. In the past, the ratings were over 20%, and it was said that no matter what new programs other stations introduced in the same time slot, they could not beat “Akko”. Wada’s contribution to the program over the years has been that significant. However, if the numbers continue to drop in the future, there is a possibility that the program will be discontinued. It can’t be helped, but…”

On the other hand, a source close to Mr. Wada said, “‘Akko’ is a program that Mr. Wada has been working on for a long time.

Akko” is Wada’s life’s work. I don’t think she would ever want to quit. However, when he was not selected for the Kohaku Uta Gassen in 2004, he was angry at first. But after being unsuccessful for so many years, he said, “My songs no longer fit the times,” and I heard that he “began to think often about the timing of his resignation. I think he was thinking not only about Kohaku but also about “Akko. She is more concerned than others about how she is perceived and what people think of her, so I am sure that when the time is right, she will make her own proposal.

The “day of the end” may not be far off.

An elated Wada at his own birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue)
Toshiro Yanagiba with Shuwa Katsumata at Akiko Wada’s birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue).
Akina Minami aka Akina at Akiko Wada’s birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue)
Yuka at Akiko Wada’s birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue)
Takafumi Horie and Kazutaka Ozawa of “Speed Wagon” at Akiko Wada’s birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue)
Minimonta at Akiko Wada’s birthday party (May 3, ’13 issue)
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