Kitahara Rie will participate in a new reality TV show on FujiTV called [Terrace House]. In this show three men and three women will live together under the same house. [Terrace House] will start broadcasting on October 12th and each episode will last half an hour long.
A few days ago Aki-P suggested to Kitahara on his google+ account via this post that she should join the show but it was up to her, because she will be living in the same house as men, and there is a ban on romance for the idols in AKB48.
Kitahara was going to announce her participation at the handshake event in Osaka today, but that was called off due to a typhoon warning, so instead the following video was posted at the official AKB48 Youtube channel: