Akiko Kuji left Fuji Television in April this year. She made a surprise announcement of her marriage to Yuta Watanabe, who plays in the NBA basketball league, on live TV.
She made the surprise announcement live on Fuji Television, her old stomping ground, without informing the cast or the production staff.
Moreover, I hadn’t even told my close colleagues in the announcements office that I was getting married, and there was a simultaneous outcry of surprise within the company. Well, in a good way, it was an announcement that was typical of her, who “doesn’t read the air” (laughs).
Kuji’s marriage to a big-name athlete put her at the center of the news. The impact of the surprise was enormous, given that it came so soon after she became a freelancer.
When Kuji said she was going freelance, all the media were skeptical about her success as a freelance announcer. Just as she actually joined a modeling agency she belonged to as a student, Kuji seems to be thinking of expanding her career not only as an announcer but also as a model, actress, or talent.
Now that she has become the wife of an NBA player, she is attracting much more attention. We can expect a wide range of activities as an “athlete’s wife” in the future.
Around the same time, Yui Suzuki, a Fuji Television announcer, also attracted attention for her personal life. It was reported that she was on a “train date” with actor Masaki Okada, with whom she is in a relationship.
The fact that they were photographed together on an Odakyu train made them the talk of the town. The first time their relationship was reported was in June 2009, when they were traveling in a luxury foreign car driven by Okada.
The fact that a female TV announcer and a popular actor were dating on a train without worrying about being seen by others even led to “reshoots” on the Internet and other media. It was impressive that they looked so natural together,” said a reporter for a women’s magazine.
In the past, female announcers have been reported to be in love not only with actors and athletes, but also with company presidents and YouTubers. In the past, female announcers have been reported to be in love not only with actors and athletes, but also with corporate presidents, YouTube stars, and other celebrities.
There is no doubt that Fuji Television was the driving force behind the height of the female TV announcer boom. However, Fuji Television itself began to fall behind other stations in the battle for viewer ratings, and lost power.
Moreover, in 2009, ace-level announcers such as Yurika Mita and Seika Inoue were reportedly suspected of being steppers. As announcers, who were expected to be honest, this was a major blow to their image.
In the past, these women were the envy of their peers, so much so that some programs were created around female announcers. There was a time when their fashion, lifestyle, etc. attracted a lot of attention from the same sex.
However, the “female announcer” brand has declined significantly, and the only topics of conversation are reports of marriages and relationships. It is a sad state of affairs…
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