The show was canceled by the Fox Network after six episodes. In February 2004, Comedy Central bought the rights to the series and planned on airing all 10 produced episodes, four of which never aired on Fox. The deal also included the option to produce new episodes. But after showing five of the previously aired episodes, Comedy Central pulled it from the schedule. The show was a target of protests throughout its run from Asian-Americans who felt the show portrayed demeaning stereotypes of Asians. These protests succeeded in getting many major sponsors to pull their advertising from the show. G4 began airing the reruns along with the original British version in 2006. See more »
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When I first saw the promo for "Banzai", I thought, yet again FOX tries to fill up the Sunday line up. I mean ever since they replaced "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (great yet shortlived show) with "The Pitts" (blah....), I thought that there will only be reruns of shows after "The Simpsons". Or some crappy sitcom that is doomed to be cancelled after 3 episodes. But "Banzai" gave me new hope. It's a interactive show in which you can place bets online or just with your friends on contests like which old lady in a motorized cart will win 'Chicken'. How long a celebrity is going to talk to a woman who asks only one question yet has her microphone stuck in your face. Or where will a Princess Diana doll land to answer the inevitable question of "Has Harry Potter done it proper with a lady?". In midst of all this insanity and comedy, there is the hilarious Japanese host who speaks in broken english, but still put a smile on your face. I hope fox doesn't cancel this show. This is the best reality show I've seen!
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