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Go Hyun-jung leaves Return amid on-set strife

Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the production of Return fired Go Hyun-jung, the headlining actress of the well-performing SBS legal drama. According to reports, Go was given the notice by the show that she would be dropped, halfway through the drama’s run, due to “differences of opinion” between her and the drama’s PD, Joo Dong-min.

Initial reports remained vague on the circumstances, and it was puzzling to hear that a show would fire its main star with so much story left to go, especially since Return is leading in the ratings and drawing positive reception from viewers. The latest episode, which aired today (Wednesday, February 7), was the 14th of 32 total and pulled in a 17.4% rating, against KBS’s 8.7% for Black Knight.

Go Hyun-jung’s management company released a statement expressing her apologies to viewers and explaining that although she had made concerted efforts to close the gap between her and the PD, they were unable to do so. After careful deliberation, she felt it would be difficult for her to continue filming, and she received the announcement of her removal from the show from SBS; the reasoning was that regardless of fault, if one person’s presence were detrimental to the overall production, it would be necessary to remove that one person.

However, there were additional reports (which Go’s statement did not address) that there had been an act of physical violence, with Go assaulting PD Joo. One source with the broadcaster stated that the incident occurred on the 5th on the show’s set with many witnesses, and Go had cursed heavily. What started as a verbal argument escalated when Go threw her script at the PD and kicked at him. (It’s unclear whether she made contact; PD Joo was not injured.) Initially, reports stated that Go had refused to continue shooting, but it was clarified later that it was the production team who refused.

This was not the first time the two had fought; they had had frequent and intermittent arguments previously, largely over differences of opinion on her character and its direction. Moreover, filming had halted several times as well in response to these conflicts, creating a heavy mood among the production. Upon Go’s firing, a source with SBS’s drama department stated that they made that decision because they could no longer work with an unreliable actor and that the conflict with Go had become too large; they are now considering a lead replacement.

Return halted filming on February 5, and currently does not know when it will recommence filming. The show has been on an extremely tight live-shoot schedule, so the immediate future of the show is uncertain. Tomorrow’s (Thursday) episode has been pre-empted.

Via Xports News, ENews24, MBN, Kookje News, YTN

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Then this is no longer call "Return". 😔😔

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Lawl, honestly here to see if anyone’s made that joke because my first thought from reading the article title and a little bit of the actual article itself, was: “Guess she’s not Returning.”

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And suddenly, this image of Arnie pops into my mind, intoning: "I'LL BE BACK."

Completely irrelevant, I know. Hi, @chingu! *waves*

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*waves back vigorously* YY~! I was thinking of you! So glad to see that you're still here. Hee. It's been so long! How've you been? Lemme say hello over at your page instead of invading this article post thread. Haha.

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Unreliable actor~~~ heol. SBS is quite the ungrafetul one here, I mean they have casted a big name for their drama for the sake of the rating, and they know it very well, now they just decided to bury her after the drama is doing good? Can't saying who is at fault or not, because we don't know the entire situation, but seriously after casting a big name, do you expect her to just settle with insignificant role and quietly shooting without any argument. Even the audiences also realize it, what more the actress herself.

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Every since the Weinstein saga, I have a negative reaction to the worlds "unreliable actor". After the Korean Odyssey problems, I'm starting to suspect there are some issues with the Korean film and television industry.

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I read an article not in Allkpop (I know not that reliable of a source) that stated that an insider had said that the argument hadn't been because of the little time she had on the show but because she would often leave early or come to work really late. Apparently this would affect the filming schedule and it was the reason they had to put filler footage in the beginning of each episode, because they didn't have enough footage to fill the time frame of the episode. But who knows we haven't really heard from her side so we will just have to wait and see if she releases a statement about the situation.

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Apparently there are so many articles and I read many of them at Naver, but since everyone claimed it from 'insiders' it is hard to believe which part is correct or incorrect.

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Actually all the news was painting her in bad light that's why people are saying that SBS is doing this to trash her name. She has been working for a long time it makes no sense for her to do this now especially for her comeback drama. She is always known to have a good relationship with her staff but now all the news out is just talking bad about her

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From discussing with some directors, I think Korea still has a major diva problem when it comes to actors. There was this drama where the director basically had to film the actress from only her 'best' side for the whole drama. Which is... crazy if you think half a second about it.
And anyway we'll never know the bottom of the story :s

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tbh I really love GHJ's acting, but I heard from some friends that have actual friends in the k-drama industry that she can be a diva and a big B... they also said there was an incident when she was scheduled for a photoshoot but she gained a lot during her off time and refused to take pictures in certain angles or certain clothes and gave direct instructions on how to photo edit her pictures... idk I was pretty shocked when I heard but my friends kinda shrugged it off saying that divas do exist. But this is just Korean insider information, and Koreans can be a little harsh on judging, so take at your own discretion.

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Why are you spreading lies?

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Wow. I had been planning to live watch this show but in the end I didn't because I didn't want to start something I expected to enjoy straight after INAR. The episodes are sitting there so I guess I'll wait till this is resolved before I start them.

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This whole situation is incredibly weird because Go Hyun-jung is known to treat drama staff quite well. I think she gave parkas and skin care to the Return staff, and she's quite famous for treating staff to restaurants and such. Coupled with her long career without such incidents and "diva" behavior, it's hard for me to not believe that there must be an underlying reason...

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Agreed I read when she was filming Queen Seondeok she did an extra 10 episodes for low pay and provided parkas, heat packs to the staff members. Even the Korean netizens don't believe all this stuff. They're all thinking there must be some sort of power trip in SBS.

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I feel very sad.

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Thank you JB. I had a really hard time with all these news reports that seems to give many different accounts of what happened at the set.

Go Hyun-jung has always been so passionate about the roles she plays and she has commanding presence when she becomes her character.
She has worked with the best of the best (writers and PDs) in dramaland without any problems so I'm surprised that she was not getting along with this one.

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Inquiring minds want to know what really went down. Was she upset because they pulled a Cheese in the Trap on her or was it something more sinister like harassment that led her to blow her top and cause a physical altercation?

I don’t know whether to be sad or not that I haven’t picked up this drama yet. I was planning to marathon it later on.

It seems to be a pattern of behavior in kdramaland to reduce the screen time of a lead actor/actress when they don’t get along with the PDnim. In both cases I’ve observed, when said lead actor/actress speaks out about it, there are a variety of reactions from praising them for being honest to saying that they are unprofessional and should have just swallowed their grievances.

Will this be a career killer for her? Time will tell. If other entertainers with more grievous offenses could make comebacks, I don’t see why this has to undermine her future career. She’s an established actress after all.

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this is such a chicken and egg story.. even if an actor is horrible at personal level..but have enough drooling fans then production houses will suck it up and court the actor..

However, if production houses do decide on boycotting some actor... then its the end.. because the drooling fans move on quickly as well...

so who holds the ultimate power?

PHJ did not suffer as a result of CITT fiasco.. rather i believe for a hit director aragon did not rake in ratings.. and seo joon's career didn't fly .. neither was kim go eun unconditionally praised (for her comments or her acting in goblin)

But then you have all these idols and other actors whose career have come to an end (other countries too).. because throw in a new romantic drama.. and his lead will become the new sensation..

i don't know.. guess ultimately comes down to who can butter up these bigwigs how much.. EXCEPT when audience/public sticks to what is right

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"Will this be a career killer for her?"
She acts because she loves acting and it's also for her children who have not been able to see her after their parent's divorce.
(One woman vs the powerful Samsung family. She didn't stand a chance from the very beginning. They must be celebrating now that she got kicked out and becomes the current big news so it doesn't focus on their corruption).

I don't think this is a career killer for her even if she assaulted the PD like SBS is claiming.
If she did she should take responsibility for it.
It seems strange though because she seems to be the type to own up to her mistakes.

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She can always do low budget movies and invest on them if none of TV stations want to work with her anymore, that's how passionate she is. People will still watching for her anyway.

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And so her saga continues. Really, she should produce her own drama, about her own life. Seriously, not being able to see your own children; I’m starting to think there is a conspiracy against her.

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True. Her life is like a weekend drama. Miss Korea finalist, a top actress who married a cheabol heir, a messy nasty divorce which ended up with her losing custody of the children and then making a strong come back after the whole mess.

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That was my first thought. If it was an acrimonious divorce they could be working behind the scenes to torch her career. It'd be a maddening position for her to be in. Yunno...give up career to be chaebol's trophy wife, then have career ruined because of chaebol's ego and vindictiveness. One thing is for certain, nobody would be messing with her unless her former inlaws consented to it.

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Totally ... when you have more money, connections and clout - ANYTHING can be manipulated.

Also wonderful for Parental Alientation = esp when the kids don't really know anything about a mom they don't see.

They already have her kids ... can't they leave HER alone?

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I was having doubts about this show and now this happens.

I've only watched Go Hyun Jung in Dear My Friends(yeah, I missed all those great oldies like Queen Seondoek, Sandglass etc) and I like her. What's deeply etched in my mind is her reason for returning to acting after a nasty and public divorce. While watching Return, I found myself thinking "Why did she choose this drama? Maybe there's something deeper about it." Truth is I have mixed feelings towards this show.

So far, GHJ's character is quite uninteresting compared to the rest. There's been speculation that she is the mastermind behind the murder and the whole setup is her revenge on the 4 chaebol guys. I don't know if this came about because viewers expect more from a lead character or because we always suspect the least expected. Regardless, I was piqued to see how it would develop.

The thing that works for this drama is the mystery - it's not clever like Forest of Secrets but it suffices for those who like this genre. It is the type of drama where you need to see the ending and the way the mystery is solved to conclude whether it was a big waste of time or something worth your while.

I'm not impressed by the directing. Earlier, I've mentioned that the shifts in tone were jarring at times and some things didn't make sense. Now that I know the messy situation behind the scenes, it's a wonder how the drama even progressed.

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While watching, I also wonder about why she picked this drama esp since the drama is not focusing about her as main lead. I thought that the little screen time she had maybe will make sense later on. The mystery is interesting like you said but those little plot holes make you feel the characters were so lack of senses.

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I'm curious who is the real mastermind, but tbh I don't really care about the process to get there. Blame it on the directing of this drama. Probably a misstep by her herself as well, this PD didn't have any impressive or decent works at least, so it is interesting how she was convinced, probably solely on the script. I found Misty which has quite similar set up is more convincing so far.

At first when I noticed she was underused, I thought she was OK and agreed with it. Honestly didn't see this coming. The media still don't stop to release articles, and now SBS also just released an official news about her replacement. I feel bad for whoever going to be cast to replace her. Seems like SBS is urgent to find the new one. It is almost impossible to cast another big name, so who is available to take this drama now. If they want to write-off GHJ's character and upgrade Jung Eun-chae for eg, they might have to re-write the script, and it will give them more works.

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With all the slapping in kdramas, along with the occasional shin-kick and glass of water to the face, how bad does it have to get before they start using words like assault?
FWIW, I started this show because of Go Hyun-jung and dropped it early because I couldn't stand the story. So if she didn't like it either that's ok by me. Did they change the script after she signed on?????
I can't really claim to be neutral - Go Hyun-jung is one of my favorite actresses and the PD & writer haven't done anything I have seen and liked. So I want to believe she was provoked, and I've heard enough stories to make almost anything seem possible. Given the powerful PR machines in Korea, I can't automatically believe an official story, and I don't expect to ever know for sure what happened.

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I fully agree that we'll never know what truly happened, given the PR machination at play. Like you, I started this show because of her and had paused at e6 with plans to restart soon. Now that she won't be returning to film, might as well drop the show. Generally neutral about the other actors.

Time to start another show I haven't planned to start. Any suggestions?

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I think it's about the script writting, the actress doesn't like it but the pd insist the story will go on like that, both insist on their opinion n became big fight,if the actress can't accept that of course she has to leave, because drama production is done by team work, the one who has the problem, she must leave for the sake of other.just hoping she get other role like she want soon, n i will still watch this drma because the story is good, i hope they just kill her charracter than looking for subtitute, everything will become weird if they put another actress in her charracter

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Apparently news came out that SBS is planning to ban Go Hyun Jung in their future dramas but later denied it. I can't help but feel that they only decided to deny the banning because of the negative backlash from the netizens. People are mostly on her side even if she's kept mum about the whole thing while SBS kept releasing articles left and right putting her in a bad light.

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they could still give her a silent ban and no one would notice it anyway. nevertheless, I'm glad that the netizens are on her side.

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Yes 33000 upvotes from the controversial netizen, can you believe this? They are always so vocal about almost everyone either actors or idols, so to give her support in such a grim situation speaks volume to me.

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SBS bans Ko Hyun-Jung. Who is at loss?
SBS has only one Ko Hyun-Jung. Ko Hyun-Jung has MBC, KBS and if they have a hidden agreement there are still OCN and TVN. Oh, Ko Hyun-Jung apparently has the netizens too.
That PD must have a lot of clot to stir such a thing, I imagine. Especially as his portfolio includes many dramas, most of them big hits.

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*deep sigh* and i just finished watching tonight's episode :(

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Me too. :(

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someone in return soompi thread post this(keep in mind this is there is no attached article, just summary from naver article she read):

A member of the crew stated that there were about 7 conflicts between GHJ and the PD, because he kept changing her character' direction and it eventually deviated too much from what was originally written. The situation escalated and the rumour is that GHJ slapped the director before finally boycotting filming. For the most part, k-netizens have taken a neutral stance and refuse to witch hunt GHJ before hearing her side of the story. Well...thank goodness for that at least.

take it with a grain of salt.

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So sad. I actually like this drama. For once, I have no idea who is controlling everything...and the villains are very compelling.

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I think the quality of this drama is really bad, especially the script, and the role very uninteresting for Go, also the second leads' performances are kind of boring and sometimes not even good in my opinion. Although Go was the main reason I started watching, I was surprised about her choice. I think she should move on quickly from this because it sounds like a career mistake. I think she can have and do so much better.

As for the conflict I will remain neutral. If that was not self defense from her part, violence is a no no and a good reason to fire her. But who knows, I really do not trust that industry and men in power. She may have to make a statement on this because the ban rumors, the fact SBS is on the PD's side... It sounds like it might become a big scandal, or it already is. And you know when a scandal hits a female entertainer, they always have it so much worse than males. Sigh I hope it'll be okay for her career. Perhaps a movie next?

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So basically SBS confirmed the assault rumors after Go denied them, she also apologized to the staff and the viewers for the trouble.
Is the PD going to sue her? That would be the normal path to do. Regardless, seing as SBS is making this officially public, it's not going to end well.

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Seems like all those violence happening in the drama seeps out to real life, eh.

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What is the PD suing her for? He is not hurt.

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I watch the first episode, and while who commit the murder think is interesting, you barely take this drama seriously with this pd execution. Some of the acting is also cringe worthy.

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I will remain neutral for the conflict. GHJ always has a good manner in the past. she is a total actress.
Her agency response is cool for me, the agency not giving any statement , but if any bad rumor about GHJ speculates, they denied that and giving explanation.

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I am inclined to side with GHJ because K-drama industry … nuff said. I hope this doesn't hurt her career.

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I think both are at fault, especially when it said that there were additional reports about an act of physical violence. They have a disagreement, can't resolve it and can't reach the middle ground so they separated.
They should upgrade the other lead to take her position.

Also, I feel like people are projecting too much with all the suspicion about "All PDs are bad", "sexual harassment", "power play" and such as if different opinion and goal can't break up a mutual agreement/business.

They can't stand each other, make a mess and halt the production and leave it at that.
It's up to them to pursue the matter if it has more violation that need to be addressed.

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It's not only a mutual agreement/business imo. SBS confirmed they fired one of the biggest name in this industry and they most importantly fired the star of the drama (and what was supposed to be the main character).........

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they put a notice and she agreed with the separation by leaving

Go Hyun-jung’s management company released a statement expressing her apologies to viewers and explaining that although she had made concerted efforts to close the gap between her and the PD, they were unable to do so. After careful deliberation, she felt it would be difficult for her to continue filming ....

it's reported that they have a big fight at 5th and stop filming, the fight is that big and 3 days later they arrived at this conclusion,

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Nice way to say she was fired

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who fired who?
if you go by fired, the statements showed that they fired each other,
Idg this nuance that an actress can't be in wrong when she is the one that stopped the production in the middle of filming and being reported to have a fit/physical attack,

Came in agreement to terminate a contract can be said as fired technically but it feels that in your definitions, she is unjustly fired and in mine, it is just/fair because they both have said their point, have negotiated and agreed.

Also, her character is just one of the main character and if she gets replaced the show still can go on.
Why is it so hard to accept that she plays the part and contribute in fuming the problem. sigh

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@diruri: are you an anti? You sound as if you work for SBS for some reason. Well everyone is entitled to express how they feel, what they think.

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@Coffee and red lipstick
Nah, disagreements should never turn into a violent act and I dislike how people scream "conspiracy" for things that actually make sense it the simplest way possible.

It doesn't work out, both of them made the decision, solely blaming one party and held high the other, especially when the other party starts the violent act which is they also agree happened [shoving from GHJ side and more from SBS side].

It's like seeing people argue and one of them turn violent but in this case, everyone is all over justifying the violent act as "he must have done something to her" like she can't get mad at herself, flip the scenario, the PD shoved her, you'll see people screaming "harassment" from 10 miles away.
Nobody has a right to put their hand on another person, even when they are angry, she can move out and left because of her dissatisfaction, the PD decision of what said as notice on her is happening after this violent act and seeing people jump the gun to say " she is justified" make my comment on this.

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Well said ”was supposed to”. That character played a main part only in the opening scene, if you ask me.

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I should have said, from the way it's started, I feel her character was mean to be the main....

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I was going to watch this drama, in particular because she was in it, so hearing this news saddens me.

Who knows what to believe anymore though. All I know is, this is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.

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Me too. Someone on DB recommended me to watch this drama. But I don't know anymore. But well... I'll see...

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'The actress may not have felt that it was physical assault because it was typical behavior for her....' part of SBS responds following GHJ's clarification. They sure try to bury her with this. ( I take this from soompi)
I'm not sure what kind of actor she is but she's in the industry for so long and I couldn't find anything like this on google. The truth probably somewhere in the middle imo. I thought about binge watching it after it finishes, but nah.

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I wont binge watch this, even.

It is strange that a drama which ratings are doing well would just fire its main lead mid way. She has been in the industry for quite a long time before her hiatus, so it is very strange for me that she would do such thing, moreover if she wants to return to her post as actress.

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"However, there were additional reports (which Go’s statement did not address)"

They already addressed this and said the shoving did take place but no more than that. And they said the reason why they didnt addressed this previously because their actress didnt want to take this further as this will make it worse for the staff and crew. I read this in soompi news.

How bad was the difference between GHJ and the PD that this happened. Her relationship with the actors, staffs and crews was good from what I read.
And now, SBS tried hard to paint her as the sole problem and dumped the responsibilities toward her. Smh. Some writers can make this into a drama.

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Aigoo ! I had some problems with the script as it was. Firing GHJ won’t convince me to keep watching. Let the drama burn.

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I'm sure there's more than meets the eye. SBS is just pushing the blame on her shoulders. She has also been known to be professional and respected, something must have happened for her to "shove" the PD (which was her agency's statement). It won't be the same without her in the show.

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This remind me of the role of KSH in Ruler. KSH was mistreated but she is still too young so she said nothing about it. But Go Hyun Jung is a big name already, she would let no one mess with her. I choose to believe her, she didnt survive in the industry for so long if she was the unprofessional one.

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I haven't watched this drama, but GHJ's early departure makes me sad, and perhaps I won't pick up this drama after I finish with the dramas on my plate.

It sounds strange that an actress as caliber as GHJ (with her past reputations being a well mannered actress) would do such thing (abuse, unproffessional behavior, whatever the allegations are). But im just saying, if you are an actor/actress and the PD is changing the direction so much and so many times that the drama deviates from its original course (which they promised you when you receive the script the first time) wouldn't you be upset and frustrated too?

My concern is that there is other rumor saying that this event is actually tied to a scheme to ensure that she wont ever get to see her child (who is turning 18 and should be able to see her)

After GHJ's divorce with a samsung heir, I heard that she cant even model for any brands carried by mall that samsung has, or any product that they produce. It must have been very hard for her. I tried to look at her wedding pictures and it doesnt even look like a happy one.

I feel so heartbroken for her.

I hope she found happiness soon.

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My concern is that there is other rumor saying that this event is actually tied to a scheme to ensure that she wont ever get to see her child (who is turning 18 and should be able to see her)

So heartbreaking. Life is unfair. She may have fame and beauty but not seing one's child growing up... must be so tough.

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I dont know what she will do after this. But I hope she gets to see her child. She divorced after 8 years of marriage and was banned from seeing her child until the child is coming of age (18) and now as the child is turning 18, THIS happens. It is very peculiar that this happens.

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She has 2 children. Her son is 20 and her daughter is 18.

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Even worse.

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'Go Hyun-jung’s management company released a statement expressing her apologies to viewers and explaining that although "she had made concerted efforts" to close the gap between her and the PD, they were unable to do so. '
This tells me something. There's no smoke without fire. And how convenient for SBS and the production staff to put on the blame on her without even disclosing the whole story [the original one, not the biased one that's circulating online]. I am just getting more pissed at this big tv channels who would do anything and everything for power and money. Last time an assistant PD from 'let's drink' committed suicide, then all the sexual allegations on movie directors, drama directors and now this. I won't be surprised if the PD said something nasty under his breath, who knows, what better to expect from the male-dominated industry.

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Now who is the unproffessional one, i wonder! It is very unlikely that GHJ would survive the industry is she is the kind of person they accused her with. And why is it so one-sided? So immature.

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I will stop watching the drama, I only watched it for her. I agree they were showing her less, but when her character was there, she was outstanding. With her gone, it's not worth my time. I hope everything works out for her. A disagreement is a disagreement it should not affect her career. SBS is too power hungry... they should be brought down.

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Pretty sure the director messed up with the writing which affected her character. Well, it would be very hard to watch other actress replacing her in the upcoming dramas. What a tragedy for a highly rated drama

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Live shoots must be so stressful for all involved. Script rewrites and character alterations on top of difficult working hours must be hell for the actors. Knowing your character and their motivation is the basis of professional acting. They aren’t puppets! It was probably very frustrating and she wasn’t willing to accept being marginalized. It is a shame there was a physical component to the altercation as that will be used against her to drown out legitimate grievances.

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I am supporting the actress. Seems in drama industry that directors and staff are letting me down with cursing, molesting and even raped one another recently. Also after naming lead actors or actresses, they push on second leads to ruin quality dramas to shits. (Cheese in the trap, Who are you school 2015 etc.)

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Netizens buzzed on Naver said that the PD intended to slapped other Actor and GHJ stood up to prevent it happened. So if that's true, we all have another more prove about how cruel the PD's action to their own Actors! Please.. they're not even your slave!! These PDs outstanding authority should be re-evaluated for sure! And sure we never forget those PD whose overpowered to change the plot against the writer wished. Well - like you've already mentioned.

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This is sad news.

I was excited that this year started strong with three powerhouse actresses leading interesting dramas (and at the same time!): Go Hyun-jung (Return), Lee Bo-Young (Mother) and Kim Nam-Joo (Misty).

I thought it was puzzling and surprising that episode 13 barely had GHJ (especially at the beginning), but when she was on, she was just awesome. There's no denying her powerful screen presence.

I haven't checked out Mother yet, but it's clear KNJ is the main focus in Misty. It's unfortunate that GHJ's screen time was reduced and now she's no longer in the drama.

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I am glad that I dropped this show after episode 1, because it was too makjang/ridiculous. So now I'm guessing this show will probably be cancelled? Talk about drama behind the drama... I feel in cases like these it would be easier to replace the director (since in most kdramas he/she is not the writer), because he is not in front of the camera, so his presence or absence will not affect the story as much as the sudden absence of a main lead.

Anyways, I feel like recently it has been SBS and tvn that have had the most problems with dramas. On the other hand, it seems like Jtbc has been stepping up their drama game, with a good streak of shows so far.

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it will be interesting if the drama is cancelled. I agree it will be easier to replace the PD... really don't understand SBS' decision especially when the rating is high...

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This makes me wonder has anyone ever cancelled a drama because of an actor halfway through production? If this happened it's like admitting that they are at fault for making GHJ leave.

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I don't think SBS care because even when GHJ had limited screening time, the drama was doing very well. So, even if she leaves, the drama can still score high ratings due to the story.

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Excuse me but if these rumours about GHJ are true then they made the right call. The security of the cast and staff is much more important than our entertainment.

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What security? No one was hurt.

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"if" as in hypothetical the allegations of the anonymous witness were true that GHJ was violent against the PD. That was in response to the original comment that insinuated that in case of a conflict the one behind the camera should be let go regardless of who's really at fault.
I don't know how you could misinterpret my comment but please feel to point it out.

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oh well, just sounded like you knew more than anyone else... but guess not... lol...

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It's quite ironic to say "the security of the cast and staff" when they're often overwork and doesn't get pay on time.

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Not to mention working in very bad and unprotected situation. Staffs have it much worse than casts.

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Talking about downsides....The problem for crew/staff might be as bad as bad working environment, being treated like slaves, up to delayed or unpaid wages. But for casts, it is of different scale, as they put their face and career on the line. One bad project might lead to no project at all tomorrow, and with every single person in the country recognizing your face, it might not be easy for you to get everything back on track. Some people may make use of you, some other people might dissing you completely, etc etc. So yeah. It is bad.

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Just saying that if it is true that GHJ hurts anyone, then they made the right call. But the thing is, it sounds weird. The premise that GHJ really hurts anyone is absurd, because
1. She has been in the business for many years with no problem. If she has behavioral issue, she wouldnt last in the business that long, and moreover, being main cast.
2. She has a reputation that she is always treat production staff and everybody nicely, treat them meals and stuff too. It raises the question: why is it different this time?

So the question is, did she really do that?
And why did she did that, if she did it.

It is peculiar that the news that goes around seem to be one sided and put her in the corner while others remain in the dark.

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You're absolutely right! It's too absurd! And I've read on naver - well i don't know it's true - but netizens buzzing about the PD intended to slapped another Actor and GHJ stood up and shoved the PD to prevent it. Well, in my opinion SBS should fire that PD for sure.

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WHAT? This is very disheartening to read, at this point the main draw is really Go Hyun-jung. I was just thinking after the recent episode that they have quite the high profile cast and wished Park Ki-woong had more screen time. Story wise the drama is all over the place and the plot is thining, I wouldn't really miss it.
I guess SBS already moved on because I just saw a headline on twitter about an actress that's cast for "Return" and thinking it's odd there's another drama coming with the same title. YIKES.

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I did notice that Go Hyun-jung's character was absent from a good chunk of Monday's episode, and after coming here and reading this article, it now makes sense. I can't say that this is a great show (it's somewhat decent), but I was looking forward to discovering the identity of the person pulling the strings behind the scenes. I am not a fan of shows changing actors, and I wonder if such a decision will work out in this case.

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But the news failed to mention that the PD is infamous for being hard to work with and having a series of failed TV shows whereas the actress is very easy to work with and is well liked on her sets. She is known for being demanding, but is easy to work with.

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In addition I heard they only got her to use her star power and then started to reduce her roll and moved the younger star up more.

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Damn!

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If you are the main actress but your role is limited to like 5 to 8 mins per episode, you would wonder,too, right? ok, so the show has to focus on the other character coz of this and that but her character is just so strange that In Ho's pretty wife gets more screen time and close-ups. WTH, all GHJ did was speak a few lines and flip her hair, nothing stellar and I haven't sen her previous dramas but by rep, she is supposed to be a very good actress, means she can do anything so why would she take this role if she knew she would be just a 'minor' character that probably would have something to reveal later on.
She knows how this industry work so she would that 'assault' that director if she isn't really exasperated with him.

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Think they make use of her, get her to sign for this drama, then reduce her screen time so can promote the younger unknown actors, not the first time this happens

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This is the first time I'm watching Go Hyunjung, and from the start I thought that she looked very tired. It comes through in her movements and especially her speech--slow and deliberate with a kind of thick way of talking, like someone who just woke up from sleep or sedation. This might be the way she normally speaks--is it?

It's true that the lawyer character's part is small, with zero backstory of her own except the tv show in the show, and nothing in the script so far ties her to anyone except the young wife of one of the suspects. If they meant to involve the lawyer in the mystery, the writers hadn't gotten to it yet (as of ep12 last week), so writing her off shouldn't affect the story much.

I hope they don't cancel the show.

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She does look a little sick; I was wondering if that was affecting her performance. I do not believe I have seen her in anything else.

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Watch Dear My Friends. It was a tear jerker but very good.

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It is on my watch list. Thanks!
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BEEP!

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I don't think I'll continue on with the show. The only reason why I started was Go Hyun Jung.

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yeah... I wonder how much rating will drop without GHJ...

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The only way to teach SBS a lesson is to for the locals to drop the drama, that way, the ratings will go down and they will see that people are watching it because of GHJ.

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Even I'm not watching Return because of GHJ and more because of the plot, but I think the show would never be the same without her.. And I'm really doubted how the plot will go if they removed.. the main lead?? Oh please :(

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She's like the center of the show, are they just tossing it in the garbage now? Seems like whomever is in charge should have just bit their lip and gotten through this. So shoddy!

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The reason I started watching the show is because of Go Hyun-jung. I was mesmerized by her performance as Misil in ‘Great Queen Seondeok’ and even though she’s not in a lot of shows she’s great in the ones I’ve seen. I found much of the show sort of a snoozefest so with her gone they’ll lose me too.

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Wait, whaaaatt??

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At times like this I think, What would Anthony do?

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I did just read that a secret $400,000,000.00 (Million) slush fund the Samsung dude opened in different names was recently discovered... I'm not saying that the two are related, but this is a good distraction from something infinitely more important.

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There has been a crazy and unusually high media dump of celeb scandals or gossip in the past 48 hours too...

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Can you copy the news here? Her ex hisband?

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This is shocking on so many levels. I did not start watching the show for her, although i know she is a brilliant actress. i am watching it for the story. But i seriously cant see anyone else playing Choi hye ja's character, other than Go hyun jung. She left an impact on the show, because that character seemed grey and has so many layers yet to unfold. A brilliant actress like her, can showcase this mysterious character called Choi Hye ja. So i will really miss her on the show.

I think this is the first time i have heard that a main actor of the show is fired and is going to be replaced , in the MID of the show. I have seen this incidents taking place in other foreign shows, but definitely not in a korean drama. Shocking.

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She seems to be messed up- drunk while on a radio show.. maybe typical noona actress with too much pride. Hitting a PD is not the way to work no matter

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Please ALWAYS provide full context - a guest star on the radio show made a surprise call to her and her
awkward long moments of silence and strange remarks led those tuning in to surmise that she must be drunk. I believe this very dignified lady, along with the other "typical noona actresses with too much pride" that you so callously dismiss, are women who have worked very hard to be where they are today, and they fully deserve to be very proud of their achievements.

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actually the show had not been using the main lead, not so much screentime that for many times I thought GHJ is an extra but she's a top star so how can she just be the extra? violence of course is not acceptable but then she must be so angry to do that. She's so talented and I definitely would watch any show she's in. Her latest with the grannies was so moving and you really can't forget her in QSD

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From saturday's top naver articles, it seems actress Yoon Ji Min posted something on GHJ.

https://onehallyu.com/topic/646944-netizendrama-go-hyun-jungs-current-condition-holding-her-body-from-the-shock-people-are-angry-at-the-pd-and-sbs-trending-again-on-naver/

The top naver comments seem to insinuate that the PD tried to slap an actor, and GHJ intervened by shoving the PD. That shoving was the physical assault on the PD in the initial articles. Knetizens are riled up that GHJ trying to stop the PD from slapping the actor was turned into reports of her being violent towards the PD.

The knetizens got their source of the slapping incident from:

http://m.dcinside.com/view.php?id=hj&no=81152

Apparently, its a testimony from the Return drama staff. I don't know how legit it is. But its provided by the replies to the top comment on the naver article. Can anyone help to translate it?

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Wow if this is true, it paints everything in a worse light. She tried to defend a fellow actress and is instead being painted in a terrible light. This is getting more and more makjang...

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I don't believe there's an Actor could throw the script or shoved the PD. Like.. Please we all know how's Korean culture and how's their politeness. I don't know, it's hard to believe this new. It's too absurd, like it was scripted or something. And even she did it, it must be because of something has happened. Too bad because I'm only watching this show lately.. Yet it won't be air this week :(

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And I've read on Naver that the PD intended to slapped other Actor so GHJ stood up and shoved him. So that's the reason!! The really REASONABLE reason!! Just fire that PD immediately!!

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