Arama They Didn't

2:53 am - 12/18/2012

"HEY! HEY! HEY!" comes to an end

On December 17th, Fuji TV’s music program “HEY! HEY! HEY!” on which the comedian duo Downtown served as the host, live broadcast their final episode with the title “Konna ni Waraeta Ongaku Bangumi wa Nakatta ze! Saigo no HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP“, and it was revealed the average audience rating reached 14.3% (in Kanto region according to Video Research).

The music program started back in 1994, and aired a total of 745 episodes.

For the 2-hour long final episode, total 10 groups of artists (45 people in total), such as EXILE, Porno Graffitti, Every Little Thing, T.M. Revolution, GACKT, AKB48, TRF×Komuro Tetsuya, SMAP (Inagaki Goro was absent), Okuda Tamio, and Hamasaki Ayumi, made appearances.

The live broadcast started with the performance of “Ashita ga Aru sa” (released in 2001) sang by Re: Japan, which consists of Yoshimoto Kogyo’s comedians including Downtown, along with more performances of masterpieces that were related to the program one after another, as well as some footages from the past.

Arashi, Kahala Tomomi, Inoue Yosui, and PUFFY appeared through video messages and actress Shinohara Ryoko, who has co-starred with Downtown in “Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji“, also visited the program with a bouquet.

For the finale of the show, Makihara Noriyuki showed up, and all the guests and even the staff members performed a song “Chicken Rice“, which is Makihara and Hamada Masatoshi’s collaboration song, and written by Matsumoto Hitoshi. During the performance, Hamada commented, “Thank you for the past 18 years.”

“HEY! HEY! HEY!” has gained popularity and has become one of Fuji TV’s longest running programs. The highest rating they reached was on June 21, 1999 with 28.5% when Utada Hikaru made her first appearance on the program, however, it has taken a fall in ratings as of late. The guest who appeared most on the show was Amuro Namie with 56 appearances.


i'm bummed, hey!x3 was one of those few shows i could watch whether or not i knew the guests because downtown's glorious ;;

at least the finale sounds pretty good
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blovesit 18th-Dec-2012 08:24 am (UTC)
yuui1010 18th-Dec-2012 09:01 am (UTC)
oh man.....
is there any new music shows worth watch? aside music station.
corlee1289 19th-Dec-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Utaban's gone and now Heyx3 is gone...
snow_meow 18th-Dec-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I love this program.
I love Downtown's jokes and puns.

Of all the variety shows for music, this is the most entertaining one for me.
inachan89 18th-Dec-2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Eh?It was yesterday??Totally forgot...damn i'll miss this show!!
I hoped that Arashi would be on the last ep but oh well...
thewarpedmelody 18th-Dec-2012 09:44 am (UTC)
The finale Makihara singing "Chicken Rice" was definitely the best part.
placetohide 18th-Dec-2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Sad to see a legendary show die. It will be missed!
leitoph 18th-Dec-2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Love this show so much. Why does it have to end? :(

but, hooray for the 18 years!
mjaytona 18th-Dec-2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
this is just sad... :(
i really like heyx3
atelierlune 18th-Dec-2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
rim1789 18th-Dec-2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
I will miss it
pochnaden 18th-Dec-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
exdream1999 18th-Dec-2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad I remembered it started an hour earlier than normal last night!

I mean, I was still 17 minutes late, but I REMEMBERED!

Also, Heyx3 was on for 18 years, that's a pretty amazing run, but I am said that we're losing another music show. ;_;
izumi_ixa 18th-Dec-2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'll miss this show T__T
smilepi 18th-Dec-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
/SOBS I love Downtown~~ Heyx3 still lasted for quite awhile though. :)
kurakura_chan 18th-Dec-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
NO!!! ;A;
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