Following the 17Live livestream controversy on April 3, the 50th Anniversary of the Kamen Rider series, Tetsuo Kurata has apologized for the statements he made regarding Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Black/RX during the broadcast related to the show. The apology was posted on his official Instagram account on April 7.
In a statement to fans, Kurata states:
“Kamen Rider Black RA has been a beloved partner to me who I’ve been with for decades.
Why would I make such a remark, even if I have loved and valued it since I began working?
I may have been how I was thinking because was irritated by various things and hated myself.”
The statement includes an apology to fans:
“I apologize to the fans, everyone involved, and my life partner Kamen Rider Black RX. In the future, I want to be more aware of my words so I don’t cause my fans and partner trouble.”
Finally, Kurata announces that he will no longer host 17Live broadcasts and apologized regarding the remarks made during live broadcasts.