There’s a rumor going around right now that Maeda Atsuko of AKB48 is being blacklisted from costarring with Johnny’s.
Why? Apparently it’s all because of Yamapi’s drama. The two of them are costarring in the TBS drama Saiko no Jinsei no Owarikata ~Ending Planner~ right now but the drama has been getting single digit ratings for the past few episodes and the blame has been put on Maeda.
“They’ve been measuring the ratings by the minute and it seems that scenes with Maeda has been the lowest. Yamapi’s scenes tend to get double digits so the low overall rating is mostly due to Acchan’s scenes.”
“The blacklist for Johnny’s is only comprised of women. They’re mostly unpopular actresses or actresses that have been rumored with Johnny’s. There are cases where they don’t get blacklisted permanently but there are also cases where the girls are banned from costarring with a Johnny forever. But on what basis they use to put them on the blacklist is mostly a mystery. It’s safe to say that Maeda is put on there because of the low ratings she kept pulling in her dramas though…”
People have been saying that Yamapi is the next Kimutaku. The guy’s also been in many hit dramas, so it’s really a surprise this drama is doing so poorly in comparison to his other ones. Right now they’re looking to re-tool the script to get the ratings up again.