Thanks Royaltree. It's not Gaki no Tsukai, but it's still my favourite non-Gaki related show. I thought I saw Akemi Darenogare on the panel, as part of some image correction campaign. For those interested, Akemi is a talento who took part in the Gaki "No Navi" miniseries. It isn't her, and apart from the name caption here's how I know: Apparently since Lola's father was arrested, she has been getting less TV work. I have SO MUCH to say about that even though I didn't know anything about it yesterday, but that's a different topic.
Producers had hoped that Akemi Darenogare would be able to step in and fill the void, but Akemi has become unpopular with fans due to some hot mic situations. She has made some unflattering remarks about her bookings which of course don't sit well with producers (so they bury her). I don't blame Darenogare. She's human, and is a tarento trying to make a few dollars before her star fades. It really is a tough business. Anyway, I thought it was Darenogare, until I saw those buckteeth. The tarento on the panel is actually a relatively new one whom producers thought could replace the void left by the abscence of Lola. Her name is Maggie (Magi), and is half-Canadian. I can't find very much about her, except a poorly written article which may well have been written by her publicist. The article also makes a small issue out of her heritage. It seems being Canadian isn't good enough. Some writers are compelled to point out that her Canadian father has Scottish roots, which kind of pulls the rug out from under being Canadian. I know a lot of Japanese people would be more interested in her blood type, a similar pseudoscience which was solidly debunked just about a century ago.
Looking forward to hearing more about Maggie, though I don't really buy into the Hafu Tarento trend.