8 Korean stars ‘cancelled’ after scandals: Seo Ye-ji was dropped from K-drama Island, while Ji Soo left River When the Moon Rises – and may be sued for US$2.7 million
There have been rumours that married celebrities get served “divorce clauses” in their acting series contracts, where they will supposedly pay a fine if they get divorced while the show is still airing.
Here’s a list of Korean celebrities who’ve been involved in scandals recently, and lost a brand, drama or film deal as a result …
The tall, dark and handsome leading man has recently made headlines with accusations of school bullying as well as sexual harassment. As a result, he had to drop River When the Moon Rises, where he was the lead, while it was still running. According to Soompi, the drama production company is even suing him and his agency for 3 billion won (US$2.7 million) worth of damages.
The K-pop idol was also accused of school bullying, as well as bullying a bandmate. She ended up leaving the cast of SBS’ Taxi Driver, with her replacement reshooting all of her scenes.
The singer-actress kept her role in Day and Night despite calls for her to be cut from the series, but her reputation remains tarnished; her recent video interview with Vogue was criticised by viewers and subsequently taken down from its YouTube channel.
The only active BigBang member for a few years, in 2018 Seungri was focused on solo promotional activities, like appearing on variety shows and going on international tours. He signed his first solo endorsement that year, becoming the face for Tinder in Korea.
- Vogue removed AOA’s Seolhyun’s interview from YouTube after the K-pop idol was accused of enabling bandmate Jimin’s bullying of ex-member Mina
- Song Joong-ki was blamed for his divorce from Song Hye-kyo, while ex-BigBang member Seungri retired completely after the Burning Sun scandal