There is a lot of noise around Shinobu Sakagami, who has become a fixture on Fuji TV as the “face of daytime.
He has been in the news for the past two years. This is the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.
According to some women’s magazines, the reason for this is Sakagami’s “language” in the program. According to some women’s magazines, the reason is due to Sakagami’s “language” on the program, which was reported in “Shukan Bunshun” last September for alleged power harassment, and her careless remarks on live TV were unpopular with some of the upper management.
The topics discussed in the program are also heavily influenced by Ms. Sakagami’s intentions. However, he is not the type to say anything out of the ordinary. If the marriage of Kei Komuro and Mako gets good ratings, he will go with it, and if the chancellor of Nihon University is arrested, he will cover it extensively. I did my research beforehand and tried to have my own opinions. His motto was, ‘If what I say causes flames, then so be it.
He was particularly harsh when dealing with celebrity infidelity and politics-related topics. According to a Fuji TV insider
According to a Fuji TV insider, “There have been times when entertainment production companies have complained to him about it, and there have been times when he has received complaints from certain political parties. Ms. Sakagami is the type of person who doesn’t do ego searches or read posts on the Internet. There was a part where only the upper management was overly concerned about “pressure from the outside.
At one time, Sakagami had four regular programs at Fuji, but in September of last year, his flagship program, “Direct Hit! Shinso Sakagami” ended last September and became a special program. Shinso Sakagami” ended in September last year, and “Downtown Now” also ended in March this year.
He had been the MC of the special program “FNS Program Competition! All Star Spring (Autumn) Festival,” which he had been MCing since 2005, also ended in March last year, and now “Viking,” his main program, has been terminated.
In fact, Ms. Sakagami has been wanting to liquidate her business for some time. He has been working like a horse and cart for the past several years. He has always been a person who won a lot of money gambling as a hobby and once took a whole year off.
He is also approaching the age of retirement. It is understandable that he would want to take a break at this point.
Fuji Television also has its own reasons. On the 25th of last month, Fuji TV called for voluntary retirement of employees who have been with the company for 10 years or more and are over 50 years old. The current number of employees is about 1,300, and the number of eligible employees is about 300.
In such a situation, even production costs cannot remain unscathed. It is no wonder that Mr. Sakagami, who is paid in the hundreds of millions of yen a year, is in the spotlight. The fact that some of the younger employees are complaining that they are paying a lot of money to the celebrities while our salaries are not going up is also a big factor. Even if they cut off the older employees through voluntary retirement, it will be useless if they lose the employees in their 30s and 40s who are in their prime. Fuji is trying to keep the younger generation in line by cutting costs, including the fees of the actors…” (Fuji TV insider)
The report of the termination of “Viking” also came out in the midst of Fuji’s transition period. Sakagami’s contribution to the company remains unchanged, and the two companies have a strong relationship of trust. I wonder if she will take a “short break” until she finds a way to rebuild Fuji…
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