InterestsSonic the Hedgehog/Crash Bandicoot (especially the reptiles), Spyro the Dragon, Rayman the...Rayman, Super Mario (sorta...), Fur Fighters, Studio Ghibli, Stitch, other Disney animation, Rango, reptiles in general
You guys really think SEGA would try and justify Shadow appearing to the audience when he was thrown into Boom last minute to provide some popularity recognition? He still has quite a lot of pull, regardless of the hatedom.
There's also this assumption that Iizuka alone made this, as opposed to just being the guy who communicates the changes to the audience (being the head of Sonic Team and all). This seems more like SEGA responding to people who are like "Eggman should be the only human I hate that people and animals co-exist!".
This one has a tragedy all it's own. The station was celebrating this producer moving forward with her career before she moved to Charlotte. This was posted an hour before this news started to break. She's the fiancee of Adam Ward.