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8:04 pm - 10/22/2013

Tamori announces end of 'Waratte Iitomo' after 32 years


Television comedian Tamori (real name Kazuyoshi Morita) confirmed on his midday variety program “Waratte Iitomo” (It’s Okay to Laugh) Tuesday that the long-running show will come to end next March after 32 years on the air on Fuji TV.

The popular variety program started in October 1982. Tamori, 68, is known for his trademark sunglasses (very few people have ever seen him without sunglasses).

On Tuesday, comedian Shofukute Tsurube—who is a Thursday regular—made an appearance and asked Tamori if it was true about the show coming to an end. Tamori replied that the final program will air next March. SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai asked if it was official, to which Tamori replied affirmative.

Tamori has long been considered one of Japan’s most famous three television comedians, along with Beat Takeshi and Akashiya Sanma.


litofroggy 22nd-Oct-2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, I don't want it to end D:

He's such a funny guy. But I guess he's old? *shrugs* he still has a lot of energy in him!
exdream1999 22nd-Oct-2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'm still half-way not processing this, because...

Ii Tomo, man.
kattunxxnews 22nd-Oct-2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
No way!
That was such a great show...So many Japanese things are ending and groups are breaking apart :'(

Edited at 2013-10-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
nara_tree 22nd-Oct-2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
Iitomo to end? NOOOOO >o<

Really shock to hear this...

I wonder if it also means Tamori intend to retire from showbiz world next year?
hpswf1 22nd-Oct-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Nope. TvAsahi said they don't plan cancel his shows
nara_tree 23rd-Oct-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Really glad to hear that~

I'm still shocked about Iitomo to end, so definitely not prepare if the same thing will happen to Music Station (...don't want to imagine it too.)

I read on TokyoHive that Fuji TV will release further details for the reasons why Iitomo is ending along with their future program scheduling. Yes, please tell us, Why?? T_T

arashic5 22nd-Oct-2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Hey3x and this... :(
anduril_narsil 22nd-Oct-2013 02:26 pm (UTC)

What else am I gonna do while doing lunch? Oh man, I actually enjoy this show.
jojibear 22nd-Oct-2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
hina 22nd-Oct-2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, seriously?? I'm shocked. I wonder if it was due to Tamori stepping down, or bad ratings. I know Tamori is almost 70, but this is his biggest show, you'd think he'd leave MuSt or Tamori Club before Iitomo. ;-;
ahtaisuke 22nd-Oct-2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
No~. This is really funny show. No way T_T
asth77 22nd-Oct-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Woaaaahhh it's like a new era is starting or something
asweetsymphony 22nd-Oct-2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Seems unbelievable... But Tamori deserves the break. Doing Iitomo every week for 32 years is a lot of hard work.
piahawk 22nd-Oct-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooo! :-(
bear100 23rd-Oct-2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Aww man

Got a little freaked out. Saw his picture before I saw the title. Thought it was gonna be a death post.
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