KBS Releases Apology Statements Over Apink’s Performance Being Cut Short At 2019 Gayo Daechukje
Apologies to Apink had been issued by KBS after an uproar has been caused by their performance at the 2019 Gayo Daechukje being cut short, which made even the group’s members upset.
Following major criticisms on the performance of Apink obviously being cut short on the broadcast of the recent 2019 Gayo Daechukje, KBS released an official apology from the program’s head producer Kwon Yong Taek to the group and their staff.
For their performance on the program, the girl group had prepared a special ending for their song “% %” – which they were not able to do during the live show after their music was abruptly cut before they could execute the ending that they prepared, leaving the members obviously looking lost and confused before ultimately returning backstage.
The girls didn’t appear at the end of the program with the rest of the idols who also performed for the night, and posts on their personal social media accounts afterwards confirmed that they felt upset about what happened.
On a public post, Naeun addressed not just their staff and her fellow members, but also their fans who were also upset by how the group was treated at the show. On her caption to the two dance practice videos which showed the original flow of their performance, she wrote:
“So many upsetting things have happened at the end of this year. I’m posting this because I feel upset and sorry that we weren’t able to show you the full performance that we worked hard to prepare.
To the Apink members and FreeMind, who worked so hard to prepare for this, and to our staff, who also worked so hard from the early morning — no, from yesterday’s pre-recording — you all worked hard. Thank you to our Pandas who waited for our performance and cheered for us. With all of us gathering to wrap up the end of the year in a joyful way and celebrate how we had all worked hard and done a great job, it was an event which all the artists worked really hard to prepare for. I hope that in the future, it will be a fair and safe environment in which the performers can do a great job.
Thank you to the many people who always cheer on Apink.”
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이번 연말은 여러모로 참 속상한 일들이 많은 연말이네요. 열심히 준비한 무대 끝까지 다 못보여드려서 속상하고 죄송한 마음에 올립니다. 준비하느라 고생한 멤버들, 프리마인드 그리고 오늘 아침 일찍부터, 아니 어제 사녹부터 고생한 우리 스텝들수고 많았어요. 우리 무대 기다려주고 응원해준 판다들 고마워요. 모두가 함께 수고했다는 마음으로 기분좋게 한 해를 마무리하기 위해 모인 자리인 만큼 모든 가수들이 열심히 준비한 무대 앞으로는 안전하게, 공평하게, 만족스럽게 할수있는 환경이 되었으면 좋겠습니다. 항상 에이핑크를 응원해주시는 많은 분들 감사드립니다.
In support of her post, her groupmates Eun Ji and Bomi left comments telling her that she worked hard too. Moreover, Eun Ji shared her own thoughts on her own post as well on Instagram.
“Many of our fans have felt upset together with us and have been comforting us. That’s why after debating over what I should say, I’m posting this. I know that at the end of every year, many people work hard to put on a great show, and I’m always grateful to get to step onto the stage. However, I sincerely pray for an environment where the fans who fill the seats and the performances of all the artists, which are prepared with passion and sweat, are always treated with respect. Thank you to our Pandas and all the other fans who cheered for us today. I hope that you all enjoy a warm end to the year,” she wrote.
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안녕하세요 정은지입니다. 많은 팬분들이 함께 속상해하시고 위로해주셔서 어떤말씀들 드릴까 고민하다 이렇게 글을 올립니다. 연말마다 성대한 무대들을 만들어내기위해 많은분들이 수고해주신다는걸 모르지 않습니다. 항상 감사히 무대에 오르고있구요. 하지만 관객석을 채워주시는 팬분들. 그 무대를 열정과 땀으로 준비해서 보여주시는 모든 아티스트 분들의 무대가 늘 존중받는 환경이 만들어지기를 간절히 기도하겠습니다. 오늘도 에이핑크를 응원해준 우리 판다들 그리고 여러 팬분들 모두 감사합니다. 따뜻한 연말되시길 바라겠습니다.
Hayoung also shared the same thoughts as them with her post on her personal Instagram stories. Meanwhile, Chorong voiced out her disappointment through a V Live broadcast, where she also told fans that they were the reason why they go to year-end events and perform.
She shared that because of that, the members were upset that they weren’t able to show their best and feel regretful about it. Chorong also asked fans not to worry about it anymore because “what happened was an accident and they apologized to us”.
Namjoo then wrapped everything up by comforting fans with an uplifting message where she warmly asked them to just meet them again with their next performances.
Fans also voiced out their anger over what happened, and especially mentioned that Apink was only able to perform just one song and an intro – one of the shortest compared to other groups who were at the 2019 KBS Gayo Daechukje. Notably, Apink is the most senior group and the only one from the second generation artists to appear on the year-end program.
this is the comparison video of what apink rehearse for their outro and what happens on the live stage
— #JusticeForApink (@apinkxcho) December 28, 2019
Just saw how KBS Gayo cut off Apink's performance halfway??
Where is the respect for Apink? They did not work hard and practise, just to get this kind of treatment.
— 륮령 ୧⍢⃝୨ (@1tzy_) December 27, 2019
— rhai 🌼 (@iCHULJIYONG) December 27, 2019
— t✨ (@entropyoungks) December 27, 2019
it isn't even that hard to show basic respect for a 9 year idol group like Apink. it takes a lot of time & effort to practice in order to be on stage for those short 3 minutes. to cut a performance like this is literally saying you don't care#가요대축제_해명해 #JusticeforApink pic.twitter.com/M1HjK26t2i
— Kit킷 🐼s/h 📚 (@pink_panda419) December 27, 2019
the way apink’s main worries were the dancers and the fans… the way they got disrespected and yet they still tell us to not get upset and try to spread positivity… i dont know what else to say about them i just really luv them
— bia #APINKLOVEBOT (@biastal) December 28, 2019
Moreover, several fellow idols and celebrities expressed their support for the girl group and voiced out disappointment on how they were treated. These include some of fellow notable names such as IU who left a comment on Eun Ji’s Instagram post, and SNSD’s Tiffany and AOA‘s Seolhyun who liked Naeun’s post as well.
KBS’ Official Apology
With the immense backlash, KBS released an official apology as well to the members of Apink, as well as their staff who worked hard in preparing for their performance. They also explained their side including why the performance had been cut short and the camera rehearsals for Apink’s stage had reportedly not pushed through.
Personally coming from the program’s head producer Kwon Yong Taek, the apology stated as follows:
“We sincerely apologize to Apink and their fans for their performance not being able to end as originally planned during 2019 KBS Gayo Daechukje yesterday.
What happened with the performance was our mistake, and the members prepared and worked hard for it day and night so that they could shine properly for their fans despite their busy schedules, and we are not sure how to aid the hurt that the members and fans experienced as a result. We apologize to the staff of Apink who worked hard to create a great stage as well.
Yesterday, our camera rehearsals were delayed by more than an hour because we faced issues with the video equipment suspended from the ceiling. It was an unfortunate but necessary delay for safety reasons. However, as requested by the event management team who said that we could not delay audience admissions into the venue any longer, I ordered for a portion of the camera rehearsals to be skipped.
This was an error of our staff during the live show, but it was an accident that would not have happened if we had prepared better, so I take full responsibility for this. We will seriously look over the production issues that took place and observe measures to make sure that it does not happen again.
Once again, we bow our heads and apologize to Apink and their fans.”
The head PD reiterated this once again on a follow-up apology where he also added:
“During the show, one of the PDs made sure to go to Apink in their waiting room to explain the situation and apologize. There have been some who said we were neglecting Apink, but we have no reason to do that.
As soon as the show finished, the director of the production division went to Apink but he was unable to meet them anymore because the members had already gotten in their vehicle. So, he met with their agency’s vice president and asked for our apology to be delivered to the members instead.”
Play M Entertainment’s Statement
Apink’s agency Play M Entertainment also issued their official statement afterwards on December 28.
During the live show of 2019 KBS Gayo Daechukje on December 27, an unfortunate incident occurred where our artist Apink was not able to complete their performance of “%%”.
As soon as our artists came down from the stage, our agency spoke with the staff of KBS about the incident, and they immediately expressed their apologies to the members. This afternoon, the KBS staff released an official apology.
Regardless of how it happened, our agency wishes to express our regret that fans were not able to watch the whole performance as it was planned. Our regret grows even more since we know better than anyone about the amount of hard work, care, and sweat that our artists put in for the year-end performance.
We also wish to thank fans for their concern and worry, and express our gratitude again for the unending love they have given this year. We will work hard to make sure that we come out stronger from this.”
Photo from Play M Entertainment