On August 14, SMAP announced that they will disband on December 31. Given this, it comes as no surprise that today Fuji TV announced that SMAP’s variety show, SMAP x SMAP, will end as well. Fuji TV hasn’t announced when the show will end exactly, just that it will happen sometime this year.
Fuji TV said that they will continue to produce the show and hope that viewers will continue to support it until the end.
SMAP x SMAP debuted on April 15, 1996. As of August 15, the show has 903 episodes. The show posted its highest ratings on January 14, 2002, with a rating of 34.2% in the Kanto region and 36.5% in the Kansai region.