Arashi's popular variety show "Himitsu no Arashi-CHAN" airs at 10 PM on TBS has been canceled in March. What happened between TBS and Arashi? It seems the power struggle inside Johnny & Associates is the cause.
It has come into view that this cancellation is the result of the in-fighting within J&A for the "successor" role to President Johnny Kitagawa (81). Vice President Julie who is in charge of Arashi, TOKIO, Kanjani8, etc. and Ms. Iijima, Chief Manager of SMAP, Yamashita Tomohisa, Hey!Say!Jump, etc. have been fighting like cats and dogs. And the program disappearance was brought about because this confrontation was intensifying further. (testimony of the television station persons concerned). Ms. Iijima has begun to have a close, "honeymoon-like" relationship with TBS. TBS has Kimura Takuya's drama. Nakai Masahiro was the host of the TBS Olympics Games and the host of TBS series music show aired on Dec 25 "Tuesday music! - Holy night 4 hours live SP". All are important projects for Ms. Iijima. And this makes Julie so mad that she decided to withdraw Himitsu no Arashi-chan from TBS.
Even though TBS has the crown show "Himitsu no Arashi-chan" but they have shown their favor to Ms. Iijima. Julie retaliated by taking "Himitsu no Arashi-chan" off the air from TBS (an entertainment professional). It is also a mutual decision of the higher-ups in TBS to let Julie close the program.
Source: geinou-7days translated by 4miu_miu