NHK says sayonara to 'Eigode Shaberanaito'
NHK has announced that its English-learning program “Eigode Shaberanaito” will end in March. Model and co-host Moe Oshikiri, 29, attended a “sayonara” press conference held at an NHK studio in Shibuya along with Patrick Harlan (“Pakkun”) and other on-air personalities.
Oshikiri has appeared on the 11 p.m. Monday night program for about two years. Oshikiri said: “Two years ago I was afraid of speaking English but this show gave me a lot of courage. I’m really sad about it ending, but I’ll continue learning English for the rest of my life.” She said her fondest memories of the show were those of meeting Will Smith and Cameron Diaz.
Harlan, 38, who has led the show for the past six years, said he was disappointed and that there were many things he had wanted to achieve. “I haven’t met the current U.S. president, and I haven’t asked for Moe’s email address yet either,” he joked.
NHK will air an “Eigode Shaberanaito” special on March 16 from 10 p.m. After that, special editions of the program will be aired on an irregular basis.