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Jang Geun-seok leaves Three Meals a Day in wake of tax evasion scandal

This totally sucks. Jang Geun-seok (Pretty Man, Love Rain) has been caught up in a tax evasion brouhaha over the past couple days, and that has led to him dropping out of Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village, his reality-variety program that was scheduled to premiere this Friday on tvN.

In the wake of the scandal, he is literally being cut out of the show — not entirely, as that is impossible, but down to minimum footage. That’s the only way to do it, considering that filming is two-thirds completed, and now the production has to go back and edit him out of the show, pushing back their premiere a week to give themselves the time to do that. Jang was scheduled to participate on another shooting trip this weekend, but now that won’t happen and future shoots will focus on Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin.

The announcement was made by reps from tvN and production house CJ E&M. They had decided previously that because Jang Geun-seok already paid his fines (the issue arose out of an accounting error and Jang paid immediately) and no longer has outstanding legal obligations to take care of, they were in the clear. “However, after Jang Geun-seok made his explanation, follow-up reports continued to emerge, and we are aware that many viewers have expressed concerns over his appearance in the show. Thus the producers have concluded that it is not appropriate for Jang Geun-seok to be in a broadcast at this time, and upon agreement with his side, it was decided he would leave the show.”

Boo, hiss. This seems like such a weaksauce argument, and I’m annoyed at the producers. I’d read reports in the previous days about them discussing how to handle Jang’s scandal, but assumed they’d proceed — I was shocked that they’d actually alter existing material and have Jang leave. They say it’s a mutual agreement, and Jang’s management seems in accordance with that, but in any case I’m disappointed that the show was so quick to drop him. On the 15th, Jang’s reps released his apologies to the show and his co-stars Cha and Yoo, and stated his decision to leave because he didn’t want to add any unnecessary criticism to the show.

I understand that I live in a different social climate that values celebrity behavior and scandals differently, and context has to be factored into this, but considering the other scandals that have turned dramaland upside-down, this seems like such an overreaction. Sadly, I think timing is to blame — the scandal erupted the week of premiere, and I think everyone’s in a bit of a panic mode. Had they had more time to deal with it, I feel like they would have come to a different decision. At least I hope they would have.

So now Three Meals a Day will premiere next Friday, January 23. Girlfriday and I were excited about possibly returning to cover the show, but now I’m thinking of desisting in protest. Silent, ineffectual protest.

Via E Daily, Star News

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Wow, that's teally upsetting. I agree that I come from a different cultural viewpoint but taxes are just....I don't know, not something is cut out a person for. In the wide world of scandalous this doesn't seem that scandalous and it seems like he's already paid the fine for it?

Boo. I don't really have an urge to watch now.

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Ditto...

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My apologies for my terrible typing while on my phone at work....

Clearly too annoyed by this to type well. People who consciously do bad things to other people get off without consequences but an accidental money issue and he's being cut?

I really really wanted him to have a comeback moment (and I'm not even particularly a fan)

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apparently these things can happen when your accountant does your taxes...happened to me when I forgot to report money I had received as part of an award...didn't know it was taxable.... I read that he didn't know and he paid a fine already. it doesn't affect how I see him as an actor...

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I on the other hand are totally understand why they did that..if you look up on Korean History you'll know that the country some 60 years ago were suffering in poverty n famine (eating potato instead of rice, and burdocks instead of meat cuz they literally unable to afford it back then), not to mention warring brothers which is why they divided now. They managed to be in prosperity and have abundant of foods by the hardships they went through as a nation, they donate everything from money, gold, power even themselves to bring out their country out of that harsh time..so that's why if someone get got stumble upon something that will bring favor upon one type of class and not the others, or demanding to be treated differently because their social status a lil bit higher than the rest, Koreans will stand up and unite once again..its like "you are exist because the sacrificial act we gave out, so don't try and hope we'll let you off because we ourselves haven't even be able to pay our debt to our founding fathers.. That's why those "nut rage incident" or if someone got exempted from doing a military service, or if someone got caught up in tax evasion will end up being treated like a pariah at some point..at least until something 'socially disturbing' come along.. So please understand why it had to happen.. Kang Ho Dong once get through this.

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I don't know all the details so I can't really say either way; however, if it was an accident and he made amends for it already, then I don't see any problem with it. You know mistakes happen.

I have several times experienced that at the end of year I receive money because I have paid too much in tax. My parents and brothers have taken a loan to buy a big house. Because usually two people take a loan to buy a house, their system makes sometimes errors which can go in favor of either side, but get resolved later.

On the other hand if there is evidence that he was actively trying to evade tax, then that is another story and this kind of punishment isn't far fetched.

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oh no...
now I am so worried.

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Na PD put him back in or I´ll challenge you to another ice bucket! even though I loathed that one, but this show leaves me no choice.
or whoever evil doings it was.
you just dont pick on the special kids. not what I as a teacher would do. you need to understand his point of view! and everyone was exited for this.

need to see some loyalty or I wont watch

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Anthony wouldn't have let this happen. Just sayin.

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You said it, jensredshoes!! So much for Na PD's rep as an innovator and fearless PD at the cutting edge.

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That's just too bad....

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Dislike! Will join the protest and not watch.

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Dishonor on them, dishonor on their cow. DISHONOR!

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Too bad.... :(

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That is such a huge bummer. I was so excited to see Jang Geun-suk in something that was bound to be awesome. His tax evasion scandal came around the time Song Hye-kyo's emerged. That's as a while ago. I didn't know there was a new one surfacing again.

I feel it's unfair on JGS. I do think it was a collective decision but it's not the biggest crime in the world. When people like Lee Byung-heon can still do movies and Kim Hyun-joong hold concerts, it's such a huge stretch to edit out already filmed materials just to get someone off the show. It's such a morale downing incident for JGS too. Hope he'll be back with something better and producers who aren't such cowards.

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yeah, just stand up again and return like a man

ah just somehow I am a little worried for this guy. I want him to do well. otoke...

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I was thinking of Song Hye-kyo who finished her work commitments even during her tax scandal. Her movie continued to show and the world didn't end. I really don't see a reason why he couldn't have done the same. I would guess it's not his choice to leave, but the producers who gave in to pressure.

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Wasn't she working in China at the time...it helps a lot to be engaged with business in another country....anything Korean she had going on likely got cancelled.

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Her scandal kind of exploded right in the middle of her movie promotions. She still promoted the movie though.

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Exactly. It's purely a matter of who you know and how willing those people are to stand up for you. The producers casting him and then suddenly cutting him out when they've known of his tax issue for months is such a slap in the face.

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@nan - yes, basically it boils down to that. The producers really pulled a nasty one on him. Instead of believing in their material and siding by the person they casted, they decided to shove him by the pavement as soon as a scandal arose. And the sad part is that it isn't even a new scandal.

So disappointing coming from the producers of such well-received variety shows. As much as I love Na PD's work, I don't think I'll be tuning in. I feel upset for JGS. And it's surely going to be a turnoff since you know JGS was supposed to be in particular scenes and now he's sort of there and sort of not. Such an unfortunate situation.

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It also has to do w/ the fact that this tax case involves nearly $10 million dollars (and no, this isn't simply an "accountant's mistake").

Kang Ho-dong disappeared from the entertainment scene for nearly 2 yrs for shady land deals near the Olympic site.

And there have been celebs who also spent time away for gambling overseas (where it is legal) and overdoing it.

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I dont get it...he paid his fines...there was miscalculation...why were the public still upset? Why punish him out of his work? People shun him more than the system...:-(

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Totally agree. It seemed like such a good opportunity for him to show another side to himself too.

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They are so double standard in Korea, if you show a sheepish face and act humble eventhough you don't feel it all is OK.. but if you dare to stand up for fairness and humanity you get the stigma of a rebel and must be punish accordingly..
For God sake..This guy has help to pass a bill to protect minors being abuse in the industry because he had been in that position too; he donates to school so kids get scholarship to study also because he did not have a chance on a normal childhood....would he willingly evade taxes knowing how his countrymen is looking at him?? Does it even make sense...Maybe he gets punished now because a lot of tycoons lost a lot of money and regrets him?? who knows...too bad, was only looking forward to this show because of him, I don't care for variety shows

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How long have you been followed Korean entertainment? It's been at least three years for me. The first year I found all of this puzzling and bizarre, now it's just...oh well...More bullying more haterade....it's actually almost comical, or farcical. The people who perpetrate these "beat downs" don't care about charity work. They don't care about talent or extenuating circumstances or any of the people's lives attached to their targets. They only care about tearing down. People are still bashing Rain for dating Kim Tae hee during his military service. The poor idol guy, Seven, he's done for, never mind that these guys get locked away for two full years. One night out with your girlfriend especially if she's Korea's sweetheart, will cancel out those other 729 days you spent serving your country. It's pretty disgusting but if you follow Korean entertainment you've gotta get used to it.

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”When people like Lee Byung-heon can still do movies and Kim Hyun-joong hold concerts, it’s such a huge stretch to edit out already filmed materials just to get someone off the show.” - I had the same feeling. Why that something that violently hurts others is swept under the rug and those people continue their activity and this - that doesn't involve him personally (I do not think he is an accountant, too) has to pay.

I knew that Korea isn't that fond of him and his outspoken nature, but not to that extent to resurface a scandal to ruin his possibility to have a comeback.

Not that the producers care (I am not measurable rating-wise), I won't bother to try to see the show. And I was so thrilled about it with two great actors with so opposite and strong characters.

May the show do as well as they hope to, so that his cutting off on the last moment worth.

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You sound like part of the problem. Lee Byung hun did not commit a crime. Kim Hyun joong complied and apologized for his wrong doing and the charges were dropped. Now you're upset because someone who was accused of tax evasion is getting a raw deal? You want the public to leave this guy alone but not others? They don't like him anyway. If he blinks wrong they'll condemn him. This show was a sure flop anyway.

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Hit a woman, appologise after and everything is OK. And *I* am a part of the problem. Well, of course, equal treatment is just a stupid concept, after all. And to punish each one after their wrongdoing... Well, I am a part of the problem because I may be too naive for this world to believe in a fair measure of things. Thank you for opening up my eyes.

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Guess what, in Korea that's the way their law works. And that boy hasn't been back to Korea. He's been working out of country. Korea needs to define how they treat domestic violence not that one guy. The rapper got a DUI and went into hiding. A DUI in Korea, you're kidding me and he had to go into hiding. It is deeply hypocritical the way the Korean "public" treats their entertainment community. The reason westerners so often forgive their celebrities for having faults is because first of all people are people. Next because rational people don't look to certain types of professions as role models. The entertainment industry is one of them. Everyone knows it's a cut throat and often dirty business but then the expect the people to squeaky clean. Does that make sense?

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I agree...i still dont get why LBH is scott free...being premiscuous and talking dirty to others while being married is ok...isnt that an act to be condemmed...at least fine d guy...

Actors in contract duspute also get ousted of every means for them to find work...cant appear on tv etc...this doesnt happen in my country...artists hv rights to question contract and they deliberate...but they can still work under the same company until a decision is reached...but not in korea...

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Just came across this site during a search. Lee Byung-heon and Kim Hyun-joong's committed crimes against women. Seems like a REAL double standard for the general public to stand up for a serial cheater (while his wife was pregnant, and before!) and a woman beater, yet more than likely this tax issue is something JKS has nothing to do with. As an example: I get my taxes done every year by a professional tax preparer. Know what happens? I give them my paperwork, they fill out the forms, I pay for the work, sign the forms and they get filed with the IRS. I HOPE TO GOD THEY HAVEN'T MADE A MISTAKE. Yeah, like that.

Also I note that a reader said LBH did not commit a crime. Yeah, he didn't commit a LEGAL crime, but he sure did commit a MORAL one.

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So here you are Mandy guilty of doing exactly the same thing. Why bring up Lee Byung hun? Did he commit a crime, no he did not. Did his wife sue him for adultery or leave him? Then why do you care if he works or not? Kim Hyun joong did what he was asked to do, he apologized and his girlfriend dropped the charges. How is this situation any different? It's not. Welcome to the world of Korean entertainment. A place where beautiful talented people are worked like pack animals, starved, sleep deprived, surgically altered, isolated from the rest of society yet held to a much higher standard of social and personal conduct. Their every action, inaction, their looks, dress, even their distant family relations are means tested for worthiness. Lovely business isn't it?

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LOL the person who's guilty of not reading what has been written is actually you. Read my comment again. If you still don't get it, read it once more. I said if people like LBH and KHJ is let off, then going through lengths to edit something that someone has put his effort on - that's ridiculous. It's a comparison that is very much valid because these are similar situations.

Also, your sarcasm comes off as lame to me, just so you know. Mostly everyone here isn't new to the Korean entertainment industry. And if someone like Javabeans can find this absurd, then there's clearly something out of the very usual happening here.

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I read what you wrote. You participated in racking and stacking their indiscretions. If an adulterer can keep working and a guy that had a couple of fights with his girlfriend can keep working why can't this guy. Well cause they aren't working in Korea right now. LBH lost a lot of money over this last scandal. Are you suggesting he should never work again in the job he has done for twenty plus years because you don't like his behavior? No I don't think you're suggesting that, I hope. But when you write things like that it makes it sound like you do. If you had an affair would you lose your job? Be subject to losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Don't tell me that's the risk he takes for being an actor. Why?

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one point you forgot is...lee byunghun and kim hyun joong do movies/concerts...but NOT in Korea....or is lee byung hyun doing/promoting anything in Korea.
Just pointing that out since your comparison looks a little weird there.

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It may be selfishness on my part but the timing! :( they could have done this at least midway. I wanted to see this guy in a different setting.

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No chef Jang? I won't be watching then.

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This really really sucks. T________T

(I mean the news. I'm also kinda maybe mad at the universe right now for its shitty timing.....)

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Me 2, for this and the other 99 things that are going wrong right now .

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He was the only reason I was going to check the show out. Not that I'm a huge fan, but just to get a better glimpse into his real self instead of his stage or drama self. Darn!

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@Sarah (javabeans): liiiiil' typo up there with an "a" in-between "scan" and "dal". Maybe an influence of the Northern Neighbors over the lower 48, Scanadal?

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LOL!!!Noticed that too!

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Well, according to Pinnochio, some Chaebol must have done something really bad to warrant this kind of celebrity news to cover it up. hehehe All joking aside, forgetting to pay some of your taxes (not actually evading to pay it) doesn't seem to be much of a scandal, not enough to pull out of a show anyways. I just hope they didn't make this decision based on some holier than though comments by some K-netizens.

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lol +1

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Loved the Pinocchio reference and I had a similar vibe. Well Korean entertainment industry has its own laws and (lack of) logic.

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Nearly $10 million in taxes is more than simply forgetting to pay.

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Ridiculous how a 'irrelevant' news website resurfaced the old news from last year adding some spices to it and knetz once again getting all raged up against him , mocking at him whether if he's trying to regain that image through the show. What else could he have done other than agreeing to the producers decisions? His thoughtfulness into not bringing any criticisms to his co stars because of him :(

And yes it was his fault for not looking after his accountant firm personally, should have dropped all his work and only looked after whether his taxes are being payed in time without errors or not.

Way to damage someone's career and he's helpless about it. I can feel it how terrible it must be for any Artist to face such situations where they aren't even directly involved in issue. Hope he can regain himself and raise all over again, all that hardships for shooting and his excitement to be on a variety show T.T

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This guy can't catch a break,I really thought this was going to be it.the show that will unjinx his run with lower rating shows /flops. This has ruined my day, I feel so sad for him,where is your Loyalty TVN, I say let's boycott the show entirely, he was the reason I was going to watch it anyway.
JGS FIGHTING!!!!
If I was in Korea, I'd be leading a protest.Gah, this sucks.

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yeah, I feel the same.. poor Sukkie

let's boycott the show!

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NO NoNO. Gosh darn it this was his chance to make up for Pretty Man! it was his chance to endear himself to the Korean people and improve his popularity.

I was hope to watch this and find him likable.

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*hoping*

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With all the kdramas I watch and all the cultural commentary I have been reading, I sometimes don't understand Korea.

I don't understand THIS. Not even a little bit.
No one can be 100% perfect all the time. And this doesn't even sound like him cheating government or people, its like he failed to pay because of clerical or human mistake and payed with fines immediately.

I DONT GET IT

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Koreans do expect their celebrities to be perfect all the time. The fact that their idea of "perfection" is boring, superficial and trite seems to escape them.

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It's really no different from the old Hollywood 'star system'. To make the explanation easy...from Wikipedia:

"The star system was the method of creating, promoting and exploiting stars in Hollywood films. Movie studios would select promising young actors and glamorise and create personas for them, often inventing new names and even new backgrounds. Examples of stars who went through the star system include Cary Grant (born Archie Leach), Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur), and Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.)

The star system put an emphasis on the image rather than the acting, although discreet acting, voice, and dancing lessons were a common part of the regimen. Women were expected to behave like ladies, and were never to leave the house without makeup and stylish clothes. Men were expected to be seen in public as gentlemen. Morality clauses were a common part of actors' studio contracts.

Just as studio executives, public relations staffs, and agents worked together with the actor to create a star persona, so they would work together to cover up incidents or lifestyles that would damage the star's public image."

The article also talks about the fact that one goal of the star system was for the stars to personify the myths and dreams of the society. They created larger-than-life personas which fostered the hope that anything is possible and the world is a good and beautiful place.

A current example of an actor who manages herself similarly is Angelina Jolie.

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And to put the current scandal in context:

JGS started his own management company. He makes more money that way, but also has to cover up his own scandals.

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Right but that was how many decades ago....come on Korea catch up now....it's 2014. Don't get the Angelina Jolie reference at all.

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Gosh this sucks totally. What a mess.Why cast him in the first place if the producers are particular about artists with Squeeky clean image and then embarrass the artist.

This is what Na PD said about JGS in his recent interview a week ago
"I had the foremost interest in him among the casts of ‘Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village’. He’s been known as a synonym for ‘bluff’ and ‘scoff’. However, I thought there was a distortion of the truth. Seeing him who’s survived in a harsh entertainment industry with such a unique character since a kid star, I wanted to know the secret power that keeps supporting him. That’s why I asked him to appear my TV program." I feel like someone's targetting him in the showbiz.

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true dat. he gets it from every corner, kinda singled out like that.

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what made them eat their words..
Are they that afraid of him??
K-entertainment is like modern slavery

Him playing in Beautiful man was not a "wrong" choice as some may say but rather he wanted to tell a story..
If you know this man you would know how to watch this drama...there is a big message in there
...if true, that person(s) are really vengeful

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I think it's time to call Healer and Co.

Otherwise Na PD should stop working for people pleaser television broadcasting companies and take it to the internet where he can broadcast anything he wants with whomever he wants, no censorship.

Where is his evil genius at a time like this? I'm disappointed.

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Is the media misleading us, I've been reading about this issue and there's an article that it's his agency that's involved in the tax evasion. And apparently this is the 4th time this issue is coming up and right before a project.is there a chalebol who is trying to ruin his life behind the scenes?honestly does it make sense to cut him out of the show when this scandal is maybe 6months old? Is there a petition I can sign?
*End of rant*

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But his agency manages only one celeb, JGS, and his mother is the CEO. So saying his agency failed to pay over $10 million by mistake and he neither knew anything about it nor was involved in any way doesn't sound very convincing, if you ask me. He or his agency has been denying the tax evasion rumors for months and at the last minute, coming up with this version-yes, some taxes were not paid, but it was an honest mistake-just didn't go down well with many viewers.

Actually, the ones I feel bad for are Na PD and the crew and fellow actors appearing in the show. To put in all that time and work and have a show ready to air in 3 days and to have this happened to them.

By the way I am neither JGS's fan nor his detractor. To have this happen only 3 days before the original air time does make me feel like somebody up there really really dislikes him.

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If this has been going on for months then the PD must have know when they cast him. The entertainment community is a pretty closed circle so I'd be willing to bet there isn't much that goes on inside it that people don't know. They usually know long before the public finds out about these things. They took a risk by casting him and I say they knew that all along. They're taking a risk casting any Korean really because any of them could be subject to the wrath of the Korean internet mob. Cha Seung won is very good example. His reputation was marred by the actions of his grown son.

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Is it that they dislike him or TvN?

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I have been thinking this news is ridiculous until I've read your post... Okay, with $10 million you cannot say it was just a human error anymore. It must be deliberate tax evasion. Despite that I feel bad for Jang Geun Seuk (I am actually a fan. I love him even in Beautiful Man, and Mary Stayed Out All Night), I do think that the harsh social sanction is Korea is maybe for the better. For us we lose a show we were looking forward to, for those who live in Korea it's probably different.

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HS media is the entertainment agency in question. It is headed by Mr Jason Jang. They likewise manage other Korean celebrities in China.

Anyone who understands government regulatory framework including regulatory tools on compliance will not point a finger on JKS. But, as the saying goes 'a little knowledge. Is dangerous' and Jks is the victim of ignorance.

Thus, I advise that he should hire knowledgeable accounting firms like PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, KPMG or Ernst and Young who are highly skilled in financial statements, accounting policies and procedures, and notes to financial statements. He must avoid 'fly by night accounting firms' or unregistered accountants.

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im totally disappointed about this news . we eels support you jks no matter what happen .

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isnt this a point when Dokko Jin should say HEART....BREAK!? cmon, where is the loyalty? firsty bully and turn into kitchen slave, then let him be kicked out?

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I feel the same way.

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I will never watch this program without my oppa jang geun suk..... never never never.....

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What a bummer!

I mean, I was actually mostly excited for this because of him, simply because I haven't really watched him in anything for a long time (since YB) and I miss him.

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This totally sucks. I almost wish this show bombs in ratings but that's unfair to all those involved. But really, bad decisions. I don't think the dynamic will be quite the same without him, unless they cast someone else to fill the spot. Cha and Yoo are great, but they're no Seo Jinnie to carry a two man show, or so I think.

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I was likely going to bomb anyway.

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Really why? Na PD has struck gold with every show he's put out on tvn and 3 Meals a Day was insanely popular and nearly broke double digits at the end. CSW is popular and has a lot of good will as well. I don't see how this seems like it will flop at all.

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What? RIDICULOUS.

I do not understand Korea. Sometimes it's like image is so much more important to them than the real people, I find these witch hunts and adoration for their celebrities to be disgusting.

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why...? i always wait my Jang Keun Suk... I do not understand korea... you must see about my jang keun suk...Jang keun Suk always love your country but korea always hate my prince..

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if this is some sort of trick by Na PD I will kill him and skin him

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Wish it was >.< Alas! It's not, JGS stills and videos have been removed from their offical FB page , website , blog , instagram accounts. Ouch...that hurts :(

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whatever, skinning someone still seems like a good idea

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My excitement turns into a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I really wanted to see him in a variety show.

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OH well this is a hazard of following Korean entertainment. it leaves us westerners disappointed and scratching our heads. Koreans don't like Jang Guen suk much anyway. Evidently he isn't humble enough. Then he went and had a good time while out camping last year and just proved to the world that he's an entitled jerk, or so they believe. He and his management probably decided it wasn't worth the time or effort to field all the internet hate just to make a little chump change on a Korean variety show.

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Well that sucks. I was only planning on watching this to see him, but I guess I wont watch now. I don't see what the big deal is, if he already paid the fines and what not. There are definitely bigger scandals than not paying taxes.

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Omg, i was so excited about him and this show. It was an opportunity to see his true self, and for the whole country to discover how authentic, smart and honest he is.
But now, this seems wrong, furthermore unfair >.<...In dramas, they always make you believe that goodness can beat all evilness, however, in real life the industry is two faced and unforgiving!!!
Damn! What sad news, even so, I know he will make it through and will show to his country his value. He still has the rest of Asia to support him :) (South America too...I love you Sukkie!) :-)♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥

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I probably won't be watching this now.

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:(

Sad news all around...
Add me to the list of viewers looking forward to and really excited about watching Jang Geun-Seok & Cha Seung-Won do a variety cooking show in Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village.

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LOL. Now that I've watched Pinocchio, I'm wondering if this is TVN's rivals trying to stir the pot.
Maybe I watch too many dramas...

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If TvN has rival I believe it is KBS, simply because of Na PD... LOL

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Feel so upset with this news. I notice the show just because of Jang Geun Suk but now I feel like dont wanna watch it if Geun Suk's not appear in that show. I've let tvN know that I want Geun Suk on the 3 meals a day show by posting on their fanpage. Perhaps it won't change their decision but they should know that we feel upset with such decision.
https://www.facebook.com/tvN3bob

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I posted, thanks for the link.

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We want the whole show you promised. It's not worth watching when you throw away cast members and butcher the footage. Booo! Bad move, no respect for you. Dishonor, dishonor, dishonor!

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You forgot the dishonor to their cow...and probably goat too...

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That's right! Boo, hiss!

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I am only excited to watch this show because of JKS... now that he was removed.. no way for me to spend even a single second watching this show... They didn't even show their support to him despite his willingness to accept all the challenges and hardships just to make the show interesting and successful.. So damn of them to make such a rude decision.. All I can say is that what ever happen I am still here to support and show my love to my one and only Prince !!!

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Totally suck-y weaksauce overreaction. I want Jang Geun-seok to feed me three meals a day, wah!

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I was really looking forward to this show. It really is absurd.

A Korean actor who publicly accepted he did beat his girlfriend was recently voted Top Model. And JGS gets kicked out of a show for this. Really, it makes one wonders about the core value of Korean society. It is acceptable to beat up women...but "avoiding" (since Tree J said it was a mistake...not evasion and it was quickly corrected) paying taxes that's the unpardonable sin.

Such hypocrisy.

I join this protest and will not watch the show.

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It would almost be worth watching if the editing was very tongue-in-cheek. Like if they show one of the other guys talking to "himself" even though it's obvious that he was really talking with JGS or if they superimposed a different image over JGS when he may be in a scene with the other two but not talking. It doesn't sound like they would go this route but it would be nice for them to subtly admit the craziness behind this decision.

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Why y'all ragging on Na PD or tVN? They're like 2 krills in the big ocean called the Korean Entertainment industry. As if they have any choice or chance to fight against whomever's targeting Jang GeunSeok without severe risk to themselves. Pinnochio should've shown you that. Punch is showing you that.

I'm just wondering what new political scandal they're covering up. And you know, ever since Park GeunHye took the office... ...

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It seems that Korean law takes finance crime to the highest level of everything follow-up by drugs but adultery, abusing and raping to the lowest as it can get.

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I´m confused, like, did he pay up the taxes he "forgot about"? If he did, then I don´t get it. And is he busted again for evading taxes or is the media having another go about what happened last year? If the first, then...emm..what´s so hard about paying your taxes? Is it really worth the risk? If second, then I´m just amazed at how disliked he is in Korea. Whatever the case, I´m really disappointed, I was so looking forward to this mainly because JGS:/

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Oh no.......

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What!?...tvN/k-ent what the hell!? Its hardly a crime. He paid it as soon as he knew about it. JGS Fighting! ?✊?

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This is like what happen to Bom in Roommate season 1, which is one of the reason I stopped watching. So sad and so pointless. To edit out one of the member of a variety show just crippled the show, and this is on a show with a lot of people. Surely it'll be even worse for a show with only 3 people?

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Very disappointed, and I won't be watching now. And I'm not even a big JGS fan! This is so silly. This is an old scandal that only resurfaced in the media because, ironically, he's paying the back taxes and fines.

The fun of this show, at least for me, was going to be seeing pampered prince JGS scrounge for his meals and get ordered around by Chajumma. It's a classic setup, the city guy plunked down in the country. Without the city guy, the setting doesn't work.

I can't blame Na PD or tVn too much. They live and die by ratings, and if they honestly feel public sentiment is strongly against JGS, they had to cut him, I suppose. That being said, as someone mentioned here, there's something really wrong when an admitted beater of women is preparing for his concerts while someone who didn't pay all his taxes -and we don't even know if it was deliberate, and he's paid them since!- has to be excised from a show.

Something is rotten and fishy here, and it's not the meals JGS was supposed to be catching.

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I'm really disappointed since I was really looking forward to see the show. I guest I'm won't be watching this.

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OK - dropped! Was so looking forward to this and, much as I like CSW, I now won't be bothering with this either! The madcap and elements and random comedy that JKS would have brought were the real attraction here.

Also - even allowing for cultural differences - I really don't get this KWorld "scandal" business and how a few outspoken net-anons seem to hold such sway. And in this case, how can a genuine mistake immediately addressed and compensated possibly be a scandal? Or anybody's business in the larger scheme of things.

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"many viewers expressed concern over his appearance in the show"

Really? The poor guy paid the fine and cleared it up. Gee whiz. The Korean viewers really have too much influence in celebrities' lives sometimes.
So I guess your life has to be pristine for you to be on TV. Give him some slack. It's not like he assaulted someone or anything like that. Then I'd understand.

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Haha luv the pinocchio pun... someone is pulling the strings behind close door for sure.
Sad to hear they r cutting him out. I won't be watching either.

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