The incident happened behind the scenes of the music program “Music Station Special Super Live 2009” and the popular weekly “Music Station,” an annual Christmas event held at Makuhari Messe. Thirty of the most prominent artists including Ayumi Hamasaki, Ayaka, EXILE, Keisuke Kuwata performed on this live program, which had one of the best TV ratings of the day at 13.7%.
What happened behind all the glitz and glamour of this program? An insider explained, “The day before the airing of the show, the 40-something TV director ‘A’ got into a fight with another younger director ‘B.’ The two have worked together before – ‘B’ is the diligent kind and has always done his best to meet ‘A’s expectations. On that particular day, though, the two had some kind of disagreement over how to proceed with the program, and the matter went out of control.”
‘B’ showed up at work the day after the brawl with a swollen face. After completing the live broadcast of the show, he was taken to the hospital where it was found that he suffered a fractured nose and damage in the eardrum. The director took the matter to the company's human resources department, and a discussion was held with both parties who agreed to some form of settlement.
However, on Jan 12, the announcement was made to demote ‘A’ from department vice manager to sectional chief, and a total of six supervisors including the head of the production department were penalized with a one-month pay cut.
It appears that Tamori, emcee of the program, was also shocked by the incident. “He was at a loss for words when he heard what happened. Tamori is very attentive to the staff – he knows all of them by name and never forgets to exchange greetings with even the lowest assistants. He’s known ‘A’ for a long time but has worked with ‘B’ as well. I’m sure he has mixed feelings,” said one of the crew.
Shukan Post contacted TV Asahi for an interview, only to receive a statement acknowledging the incident without further details. “Music Station” is known as one of the last remaining "old-fashioned" music shows on air. Brawls and fist fighting behind the glitz and glamour of the show seems a little out of date too.© Japan Today