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KBS speaks about Myung-wol the Spy’s future at press conference

KBS held an emergency press conference on the 16th at their broadcast station, to address the issue of Han Ye-seul’s departure from Monday-Tuesday drama Myung-wol the Spy.

  • Presiding was KBS’s drama department chief, Go Young-tak, as well as other executives EP Lee Kang-hyun and CP Jung Sung-hyo.
  • Their official stance was that Han acted “irresponsibly” and independently, in such a way that they can’t tolerate the reason for her actions. Go stated that the station “cannot accept that she refused to shoot based on discord with producers.”
  • Go called Han’s reasons for leaving the drama — the killer schedule and the late, piecemeal script deliveries — “an excuse” because “Myung-wol the Spy‘s schedule is not more arduous than other dramas.”
  • He denied that the drama was behind schedule or putting out script pages late. The scripts were released in bound form, not loose pages (loose pages is what happens when they’re so behind that the writer churns out pages rather than full scripts at a time). (Note: There were previous rumors that the drama was already in loose-script mode.)
  • CP Jung confirmed that Han made the request early on for a five-day workweek and stated that they made concessions to reduce her schedule and let her out of shoots to film CFs, but also stated that the reality of live-shooting dramas requires the lead actress to shoot long hours.
  • CP Jung added that Han didn’t want to act with certain actors, and scripts were revised when she didn’t want to do physical gags. “We did everything she asked.”
  • CP Lee said that he spoke with Han on the phone on the 13th, who said that the producers were ostracizing her on set. Lee told her that it didn’t make sense for producers to alienate their leading actress, and that they were probably just upset that she was late.
  • Lee added that Han had a positive reaction prior to the broadcast. “However, after seeing Episodes 1 and 2, she seemed dissatisfied with the result, which didn’t live up to her expectations. She also had complaints about her character, such as the physical gags and the personality that was limited to cheerfulness.”
  • KBS stated their intention to see the drama through the end.
  • A new actress will be brought in to replace Han if necessary.
  • Go added, “Actually, KBS was waiting for Han Ye-seul to return through it all. If she returned by Sunday night, the Monday broadcast would have been possible, and if she returned Monday the Tuesday broadcast would have been possible. Even now, although we don’t expect that she’ll return to Korea, if she were able to film Episode 13 and the situation could continue as planned, we would consult with the production company. If that’s the best [Han could offer], we would choose it.”


Han Ye-seul upon arrival in LA

Other points:

  • As of the 15th, less than 50% of this week’s intended episodes had been filmed.
  • Monday’s episode was pre-empted for a (pointless) special, which was basically the drama’s first 10 episodes condensed into the hour in an extended highlight reel.
  • The drama resumed shoots on the 16th with the other cast members. Apparently they intend to air an episode as scheduled for Tuesday evening. (How they will manage that, I have no idea.)
  • Han’s early-morning arrival in LA on the 16th was confirmed, and she spoke with an SBS program, Entertainment Tonight upon her arrival to say, “I left everything behind. I hope that as a result [of my departure], the other actors will be able to film in a better environment.”
  • Production company Lee Kim Productions has stated its intent to go after Han for civil and possibly also penal suits.
  • Han’s own agency, Sidus HQ, also plans to sue for damages, in conjunction with the producers.
  • Advertisers are also likely litigants; some of the companies she has been contracted to endorse have also expressed the possibility of filing lawsuits.
  • The fate of Han’s next movie, Penny-Pinching Romance with Song Joong-ki, is unclear. The film completed shooting a few months ago and is currently scheduled for a fall release.
  • Rumors are therefore rampant that Han intends to retire. Chances are, that choice is out of her hands now.

Yeah, it looks pretty bad for Han. Keep in mind that we haven’t heard her side of the story, and perhaps we won’t. And I wish I didn’t have to say it again, but it never hurts to repeat: Keep comments civil and keep the mudslinging to a minimum, please. No, scratch that — a minimum isn’t good enough. Let’s go for zero, shall we?

Via Yonhap News, Star News, TV Report, Star News

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what ever happened I don't care , I have always been a HYS fan and I will always wish her the best.

Fighting

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@some of the ranters: Why am I not surprised by some of the comments? What part of "zero mudslinging" did you not understand? Just stop making judgments if you don't know the whole story or if you're not personally affected by HYS' leaving.

I would like Spy Myung-wol to continue, with another actress if need be (just not YEH as some suggested), but I'd really cheer HYS if/when she continues her role until the end and hope she'd get her better work environment on her comeback.

KBS has been known to make up flimsy excuses regarding some of their decisions regarding entertainers working on their shows so I'd take any statement from them with healthy skepticism. Of course they'd release statements that would lessen the blame on their part as anybody would.

Korean entertainers have always been known to work with just an hour or 2 of sleep, and as some have done, left their agencies or sued them for their "slave contracts" and some chose to stay and put up a cheerful face despite the obvious hardships with their schedules. From a recent episode of 1N2D, Seung-gi chose image over variety, so I guess some are fine with things as long as their image is good* and some would choose to brave the ostracism coming their way once they leave. Either way they choose, there's got to be some big sacrifice on their parts.

(*Regarding Seung-gi's choice on 1N2D, I'd choose image too because what Ho-dong did was just plain betrayal. It was funny, but it's still wrong, haha!)

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they should show their professionalism. The drama filming was halted not because of some casts' injuries /accidents or any act of God but due to self-centredness of an individual....

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Drama in dramaland.

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OMG now she's coming back o.O

This seriously makes me think all of this was a publicity stunt...yes it maybe too far-fetched, but if you think about it SMW had really low ratings and for some odd reason KBS and Lee Kang (sp?) production company stated that they would allow her to come back.

And than now she's coming back. This is just crazyyyy!

Well, even if it wasn't a publicity stunt, I know they must have drawn way more viewers, because everyone wants to see how AWKWARD it's going to be.

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"Go called Han’s reasons for leaving the drama — the killer schedule and the late, piecemeal script deliveries — “an excuse” because “Myung-wol the Spy‘s schedule is not more arduous than other dramas.”"

so, because their schedule is just as arduous as other dramas, her reasons shouldn't be taken seriously?? I am actually surprised that other actors/crew members (plus those in other dramas dealing with the same system) haven't lodged a complaint or two yet. Besides, wasn't it stipulated in her contract that she will only work certain hours of the week?

I am also having hard time believing that HYS would refuse to do physical gags, since she had done a few in her other dramas (well fantasy couple in particular, if I remembered correctly).

Having said that, I really wish HYS would release her side of the story ASAP, because the situation at the moment is looking extremely bad for her. Not to mention all the innocent people who are caught in between the dispute are suffering as well. sigh.

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One word IRRESPONSIBLE.. no matter what, you dont fled
like that . Her whole teamates being victimised by her
action.If she has been wronged by the company,you dont correct a wrong with another wrong. If the way this industry function does not work for you , you just quit .That is the reality.

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Honestly - it should be Eric Mun doing such diva-ish stunts. And here he is keeping his cool.
Top points for his professionalism.

Her parents must have told her to go back and face the problem head on.

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coming back will be pretty awkward but please for the love of the people waiting and fervently hoping for the best COMEBACK HYS!!!

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I hope that people will take time and stop being judgemental.

As for you Miss Han, I wish you good luck and I hope you find peace and happiness in your heart.

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The live-shoot system is TERRIBLE and needs to change. That said, it's the norm in the current drama landscape. All K-actors know this, they expect the inhumane hours that go into making a drama.

I don't think HYS ever intended to take a stand against live-shoot or become the poster girl for it.

She just wasn't getting along with the PD. On a drama with an already-tense atmosphere caused by low ratings, things probably escalated.

I don't think she thought things through, or weighed the costs, or deliberately and rationally screwed her career over to make a point or launch a crusade.

Angry, upset, sleep-deprived, she made a rash decision. One she's probably regretting now.

Unfortunately it's doubtful that this will effect any change in the system. The only casualty is HYS, who'll get dismissed as an unprofessional diva. So if people are looking for a persuasive argument against live-shoot, walking out of your drama is NOT the way to go about it.

At least she's ok physically. Hopefully she gets some rest. And hopefully the drama can rebound without her.

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If they were reducing her load (as claimed), were they planning to have her in every single scene, because as is she was in virtually every second scene at least. Most of Eric's additional scenes were probably the sitting around and brooding over her in flashbacks anyway....KBS and Sidus HQ seem to be vilifying her in every article they release. Its true running away wasn't the brightest idea and certainly wasn't fair on the rest of the crew, but the show wouldn't be the same without her. She owns the role in every sense of the word.

If the PD allowed it to escalate to such a degree, he is as much at fault as she is and should take responsibility. After all if an actress says she isn't going to turn up you don't keep a crew on site for 4 and a half hours just to guilt her into it. Likewise with the 16 hrs on standby, it doesn't make any sense you clearly have problems, go solve them directly with the problem, in fact Eric (in full costume) could have tried to personally talk to her before she managed to get to the airport, he was after all being portrayed as the mediator. The fact that she managed to get to the airport, without anyone, including her own company knowing where she was, speaks a lot about the kind of effort they were putting into trying to resolve the problems and contacting her. Just because you can't phone someone does not mean you can't look for them. You can't blame everything on one person and sue them for it especially not (if the rumors are correct) certain conditions stipulated in contracts were violated in the first place, if anything this whole scandal is proving to be an insane amount of publicity for the show. I wouldn't be surprised if the ratings pick up and the show makes more money than it currently was anyway.

I sure hope she comes back, the ratings rocket and KBS will have no grounds for a lawsuit because the "damages they are suffering from" would become a moot point!

Its a good show, all the better for the crazy (sometimes illogical plot) SMW fighting!

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Yes! That is so true. LOL .- Eric & his brooding

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Agreed. I think people should stop throwing a pity party for Eric since he's not the one jumping through hoops. Wire stunts are actually harder than they look so I think HYS was right in standing her ground, even if fleeing was not the answer.

But then again, KBS, and Sidus have been the epitome of dbags in mudslinging. Rich husband, pregnancy, diva-ishness.

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Apparently I am the only one who doesn't feel sorry for her.
I did, when she was still in Korea, but not now.
If she were to stay in Korea, continue film, and at the same time sue the production company for not following the contract about working hours, and sue the PD for if he treat her bad or insult her, it would be wise.

I know tha live shoot system is hard, but this is not ''fight'' against it.

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Chin up and bear the sweatshop conditions no matter what you're going through physically or emotionally? Have you ever worked living on 2 hours of sleep? It's grueling and no human being can do it for long.

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I have worked 20 hours straight, with no sitting, and having cramps from period.
She is not the only one who works hard.
I don't agree with the conditions in live-shooting, I can totaly understand how hard this is for someone, but since she has a contract, she has to be faithful to it.
There are many ways to ''raise your voice'' and get through it, and leaving for another country, leaving the rest of the cast and crew hanging is not the best one.

If her contract says working only in weekdays and not many hours per day, she should at least film what she agreed for, and sue them for violating the terms of their contract.

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@vasou,

You should have stood up for your rights unless you wanted to work as such. I don't think you should be condemning someone who is willing to speak up. Besides the crew was alerted that she wouldn't make it, so why stay on standby?

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When someone is deciding to quit, many things should take into consideration.
I had no contract to be tied (like she did) , but I really needed the money so I enter to this job while I knew what I was going to face. Of course I couldn't take it, but I quit when my decision wouldn't affect other people.
On HYS's case, not only she took 200x the time of my salary, not only she knew the conditions of a liveshoot drama, but she also quit when many people were depending on her.
I don't want to be misunderstood. I don't condemn her of what she did, but how she did it. Since her contract was to film specific hours in specific days, she should film those, and for the rest (weekends and night) let them f*ck . And at the end, she could sue them for violating their contract
I like how she handled it in the first place, I mean not appearing on set all the time, but only the time she should.
But flying to another country, and ditching crew and cast, is not ''standing for her rights'' but selfish, unproffesional and suicidal.

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cant believe shes going back...

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I also have a hard time believing that HYS would refuse to do physical gags too because of fantasy couple and because this is a rom-com- it's sort of expected you do gags. Heck, CF Queen Kim Tae Hee's character even had diarrhea in My Princess.

And they should haven't signed her and agreed to her conditions if they couldn't fulfill them. They should have gone with another actress since the very beginning. And isn't it strange that there weren't rumors of HYS's unprofessionalism in other dramas and then suddenly, BAM!

I wonder if she had mental breakdown from lack of sleep. Lack of sleep doesn't mean you're just tired. A day's lack of sleep means you're the equivalent of a drunk. More than that can drive you crazy. The part of the brain that controls your emotions feels less inhibited and more out of control. And it's not like she can nap much between takes because she's in most of the scenes.

I think even if she releases her side, her words will probably be twisted by people who deem it unprofessional of any actor or actress to leave a production unless she is critically injured or dead. And I also don't see how some people can call this a publicity stunt. a publicity stunt is rumors of a romantic relationship on set. Not this image-killing disaster.

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So much this. What I can't understand is how if they breached the contract first by forcing her to work hours outside of what had initially been stipulated, KBS still thinks it can sue her. But then, it's a large network against an individual, so I guess I can't be surprised.

Regardless of what kind of a person HYS is, it seems that KBS and the media were in a huge rush to condemn her and that bothers me. If Hugh Laurie randomly left the set of House here in the US and flew back to Britain over the weekend, I'm willing to bet that the initial reaction of the public and network execs would be one of concern, especially if he claimed exhaustion. He would not have been crucified as lightning fast as HYS has been.

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Totally. Fox changed the entire season of Bones to accommodate the pregnant lead. Would it have killed KBS to be a little more humane? Probably not.

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The other thing about programs that air on Fox is they typically have several episodes worth of buffer so that if someone doesn't show up for a weekend the entire production doesn't fall through. Regardless of HYS's actions, KBS bears a significant chunk of the responsibility. It takes more than one person to make a drama, and it takes more than one person to derail it. Their public statement shows a complete lack of concern as regards to working conditions/hours for cast and crew.

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Though she is an actress, I believe she still deserves her personal space (?) everyone makes mistakes from time to time...yet her responsibilities as Myung Wol are so great so the space for her to make mistakes are much smaller.
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I feel bad for Ye Seul...I am sure she has a valid reason for leaving the drama but I also feel bad for the rest of the cast members who has to deal with the aftermath and consequences. I just hope everything works out for everyone concerned.... Clearly there is something wrong with Korean entertainment system and I think it is high time that something needs to be done or someone needs to do something about it.

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I like her, but I think that what she did was REALLY REALLY selfish. So what if you don't like what you get? All my life, as an older sister I have to put up with getting with second best. Regardless of what happened between her and the other people in the drama, she still has to think about all th people, no just Koreans who are so eagerly waiting to see the next episode. A lot of people really do love her, so hopefully she does return, and just this once choose to forgive whatever happened between her and others involved in the movie, because I"m all the way at the other side of the world, and I really really want to see the next episode.

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I'm so sad. Poor Song Joong Ki and Eric. Song Joong Ki cause this was his come-back movie and I was sooo excited, and now he's going to get low ratings. And Eric cause this was his come-back drama and now it's ruined. Even though I am sympathetic, Han Ye Seul should have dealt with all the pressures for the sake of her co-stars.

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poor eric. and he even went out of the way to make myung wol the spy fun by having an identity crisis with himself.... poor eric. it was such a great drama, and he didnt have to be drag into it too

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Latest report is the HYS will arrive back in Korea on 17th Aug. Her mum has clarified that the most of the news in the media recently were just "rumours" (including her reported marriage plans).
Will post link if I can find one.

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I am very disappointed in her. The drama is so good and her acting skills in there were terrific! But after reading / hearing that she left to LA just means that she is irresponsible. She let the directors, other actors (sexy Eric), and herself down. I understand that the working environment was too intense for me as well as the action scene, but instead of leaving Korea to protest against the directors, maybe she needs to talk to them MORE about what she doesnt like. Escaping is nothing, it doesnt resolve anything. If Han Ye Seul being like this, messed up the drama, then I don't think I can watch her dramas/ future dramas anymore. Because she let my hopes down..

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* too intense for her. I mean.

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When she gets back on set it's gonna be AWKWAAAAAARD lol

The staff and all her co-stars will prob hate her as well for causing this huge ruckus. Can't really blame them as well since she basically fucked up everybody's schedule. I just can't imagine what it'd be like for her to go back. Hopefully they don't give her a hard time by insulting her in her face etc.

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You never know. So much time has passed that some of them might have gone zen and decided to peace out until solid plans emerged. That's what I'd have done. Gotten some sleep and let someone else wake me up. Heh!

I realize I'm being flippant. :)

Going forward, I hope that the Show can pull itself together and that everyone can be productive for the remainder of the Show's run. SMY FIGHTING!

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This makes me really sad. Clearly something is going on in the set, and Han has had enough. I think it must have been pretty extreme to up and leave sticks. She knows the consequences of her actions, but clearly she believes being sued is better than continuing the drama.
It's a shame, because this has been one of my fave dramas ever. If they do replace her, it'll be hell of a diffcult to rekindle the chemistry with Erik.
I really want to hear her side of the story.

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Han Ye Seul to Return to Korea and Rejoin “Myung Wol the Spy” Crew

http://www.soompi.com/news/han-ye-seul-to-return-to-korea-and-rejoin-myung-wol-the-spy-crew#comments

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Personally, I don't think the show should take her back.

At first I thought that the show is gonna hit mega problems with losing the main actress (I despair at the thought after waiting with bated breath for episode 11) but after a while (esp. after reading JB/GF emergency script writing session), I think that this is an opportunity to rewrite the ending of a drama that was already re-using plots and inject some life into it. I like her character in the drama but I'm already thinking 'Is it only episode 10??' It seemed to have been on forever without actually progressing much.

I say, death/disappearace to MW and a new plot direction to finish up the drama. (Think CityHunter if Nana really had died).

Plus, wouldn't it be really uncomfortable/ awkward for the cast and crew to work with her again after all this uproar that she has caused. And unfortunately the damage, I think, has already been caused both to her as an actress and the production, so i think it wise(r) to make a clean break and rewrite.

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I'm not pro or anti HYS because despite rumours and what KBS has said, we don't know the full story. But I would have assummed that something pretty serious occured for a seasoned actress to just up and leave.

I'm just saying as a drama watching ajumma that even if she comes back and does a stella job completing the drama... it's already tainted by the occurances of these couple of days.

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I think it's pretty much damned if you do, damned if you don't, at this point.
Personally, I don't really want to see her as Myungwol anymore because there's just too much of the taint from the awful debacle... but it's going to really spoil the drama to have a different face as Myungwol, should they decided to maintain the character. Which is pretty difficult to kill off since she IS the title character. Unlike Nana, who's more of the romantic trigger for the plot, Myungwol is the centre of the drama. It's like killing City Hunter at Episode 10... which is nonsensical.

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True true. I have to agree with you there. BUT I was thinking that if they did kill her off and her death would be the catalyst for consequential actions of the other characters, then MW would still be sensical as the title role.

Let's just say. MW dies due to a gunshot wound to the head (Which rewatching the suprise on everyones face in episode 10, is perfectly acceptable). The next episode could back track to how/why the bullet was swapped. Was there any orders from NK that MW/ spies were given that the audience wasn't privaleged to? May be they could shoot some of the previous pivitol scene from a different standpoint to infer something was amiss all along? I don't know. Crap ideas I know but, hey, I'm not a screenwriter!

It's just that SMW has just lost that sparkle for me. I suppose that's what happens when you are foaming at the mouth to find out what happens next after the confession and then kicked in the teeth, and then back to 'lets be friends'.

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If the production can be able to pull that off that would be so great. Call me pessimistic but I won't be holding my breath for this. I just hope they'll be to salvage some of the momentum that they managed to build up from last week... sigh.

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To be honest, if this had happened after episode 6 and 7, the drama was going the way that I would have just given up (sorry, Eric). But episode 10 really upped the game and so it was a even bigger shock that these incidents happened just when the it was beginning to get good!.

However, reading the preview for ep11 when it came out, it seems like, plot-wise, it was just going to be more of the same runaround for the two lead characters.

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probably would have to rehash old plot points since they didn't manage to have enough filming and they'd probably have to reuse a lot of old stuff and rewrite many scenes just to have something to air tonight.

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I offer this observation of life imitating art without judgment: when we last saw HYS, she (as Myong Wol) had shut down a drama production by voicing her feelings, then shooting herself in the head and collapsing, causing everyone around her to freak out. I'll give them all major props if they manage to work some meta humor into the next script....

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she's got balls! lol! if it's true that she's standing up for something then kudos to her. but if she's just being a diva then screw her.

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I've just caught up on reading most of the comments and now read that Han Ye-seul is returning from the US after all this. I'm sorry, but if she was citing exhaustion why on earth would she take such a long flight to the US just to turn around and go back to Korea? There is nothing relaxing about flying even if you do fly 1st class. It would have made more sense to just disappear for a few days.

That being said, I had a hard time getting into Myung Wol the Spy but once I got past the 6th episode I was hooked and looking forward to how it developed. Han Ye-seul pretty much makes the show work so it is a shame things got to the point it did.

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Han should have been more professional and sucked it up till the end. There is probably many actors/actresses whom want to pull out of projects at last minutes cause the drama is total train wreck, but they know that many people depened on him/her. This is not fair at all, she was very irresponsible and then fly to LA to escape the media storm?...I mean Han really?!

Once she signed that contract she should have know that drama schedules are the craziest thing ever...and that her 5day work week was not going to happened down the streched. Cause the way I see this whole thing is that since all her conditions were not met, she probably argue with PD about them not honoring her conditions, PD said I'm sorry at this moment we can't accomodate your 5day work week we in live shooting now, and she felt probably disrespected and left, I just wonder where is work ethic?..

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It is a crappy situation for all involved. It just sucks.

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I really admire her - I admire her acting, her sense of purpose and the way she takes care of herself. I am sure she will come thru this just fine, because of those qualitities. That last scene was great - not just anyone could have pulled that off. I had noticed in a more than a couple places where the women actors looked strained and tired, more than just acting. As actors age, they also can't keep the same pace. Reform needs to happen, so perhaps this is a baby step. Fighting Han! I am positive she could get work in the states if she wanted. She is just that good. I also think she could probably direct, too.

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since people are saying that she's CF queen in SK (can't attest to it since I don't live in SK), I wonder if her endorsement deals would be affected?

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I just hope that the movie with song joongki will be alright.. even though it's quite impossible if she don't return to Korea..

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I'm going to have not side with Han Ye-Seul on this one. To me, regardless of how overworked you are (I do feel for her on that one) she was committed to this drama and she should have seen it through.

On the flipside though, there must be a whole lot more to the story if she's willing to let her reputation take a beating with this whole controversy.

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i think shes not suitable to be in korea as an actress or she should just go for minor roles if she wants such a relax life

its not only her working round the clock. having said that, it seem that korea culture is film and show the drama as it goes. they should never go this. drama should be completed beforehand. not like if u see audience dont like it, u change the script etc, ending up with some dragging plots

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I'm really sad that she pulled out of the drama since we only had 4 episode left. But what the case my be and however the production time decides to fix this I wish everyone good luck.
I also wish YS luck too even if she made a 'bad move'. I know she'll have to work even harder not only to do damage control or to win the trust of fans/viewers back.

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i like the drama and was looking forward for more - I love Eric Mun and a new fan of Han - i do hope they'll find a solution and a common grounds for both sides- last report i read that Han will be on the way back to Korea ( Allkpop sources ) to complete her responsibilities - i guess after the KBS plant to sues her for financial and criminal neglected - This is Eric 's first project back , i just want it to do well after all he is ShinWa 's prince

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Welll... well... damn... that's all I have to say...

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Personally, I think the lack of sleep and the fighting on set led her to have a mental breakdown... People without sleep can do really dumb stuff. Just two months ago, I did the same thing. My work wanted me to put in 75 hours week but I wasn't getting paid by the hour. I barely slept for 4 hours a night. One day I had an argument with a coworker, just snapped, went to my supervisor's office and said "I quit". It was stupid and completely not thought out since I went to work that day with no intentions to quit! I could see where she could have done what she did because I know the lack of sleep and the hostile work environment led me to quit out of the blue.

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...does this mean tuesday episode is an hour of kangwoo pacing around? and hysterical spy parents?

Hopefully everything works out as best it can for the drama. At least KBS is planning on seeing it through. Most american stations would drop it, and ep 10 would be the end...so yay to getting some sort of closure.

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'Go called Han’s reasons for leaving the drama — the killer schedule and the late, piecemeal script deliveries — “an excuse” because “Myung-wol the Spy‘s schedule is not more arduous than other dramas.”

is the telling point for me, they said it themselves they promises of a less arduous schedule but clearly had no attention of following through, it was an empty agreement on the company part to lock her into a contact, then business as usual.

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Suddenly I feel bad for Song Joong Ki as well (in addition to the cast, crew of the drama).. His movie will surely not get the same reception.

Hopefully everyone will get through it.. I'm glad I didn't end up watching the drama in the end. I was planning to start right before the whole fiasco begun.

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Like a few commenters said, I'm actually REALLY bummed that Eric and even cutie pie Joong-ki will probably be affected by all this (to say he quitted Running Man for his busy schedule!!). As for Han Ye Seul, gotta admit it was a pretty bold move from her; she better have a kick-ass answer if she is going to continue her career (KBS probably hate her now) or leave everything, from dramas, movies and ads to live a new life.

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About three hours ago, sidusHQ, Han Ye-seul's management company, released a statement of apology:

http://www.allkpop.com/2011/08/sidushq-makes-official-stance-regarding-han-ye-seuls-leave-spy-myung-wol-will-only-accept-her-return-under-certain-conditions

The management is supposedly making HYS come back to complete the shootings.

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I'll reserve my judgment on this whole debacle until she comes out with some kind of explanation but even if she doesn't, I'm inclined to believe that HYS must've had some damn good reason for acting as she did. Could she have handled this better? Perhaps. But then again, no one really knows the true story or all the facts so like I said, no judgments. I just hope she doesn't regret her actions later cause if things stand as is, I doubt she'll ever work as an actress in Korea ever again.

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She probably has her own version/side of what happened but there is a thing call professionalism. Things may be tough but you stick it out because you made a commitment. She may have to retire from acting because what station is going to want to hire someone who refuses to come to work and even leaves the country?!

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I think the point many have made is that if its always the drama/work first, then nothing is ever going to change in the way people are treated [mistreated] in Korean entertainment industry.

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Man... she looks ridiculously skinny in those photos. Like, even skinnier than she did before... Look at her legs!! Her thighs are like... sticks D:

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yea...I was thinking the same. Telltale signs that it did a gruelling number on her physically so healthwise she was exhausted mind and body.

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[Go called Han’s reasons for leaving the drama — the killer schedule and the late, piecemeal script deliveries — “an excuse” because “Myung-wol the Spy‘s schedule is not more arduous than other dramas.”]

I'm not defending or bashing HYS. But I just waiting to see if some idiot would use this lame reasoning against her. And, if even more idiots would agree with the statement the Myung-wol schedule isn't any more arduous than other dramas.

That's like saying it is okay for a company to sell rotten food because their food isn't any more rotten than food from other companies.

If KBS has to resort to using such a lame excuse to defend themselves, I, now wonder if HYS had legitimate justification for her actions.

It's too bad she didn't have more fun with this drama because I thought she fitted the role perfectly. Her combination of wide-eyed wackiness, mixed with her sense of uncertainty that was sprinkled with dogged determination was her best performance yet.

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it hard to have fun on two hours of sleep a day for weeks on end, though I agree with the rest of what you say.

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Yeah, I know. I was making a facetious comment about having fun.

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