KBS issues official apology to Apink after cutting off their performance at Gayo Daechukje

Apink’s performance was cut short (Picture: Visual China Group via Getty Images)

KBS has issued an official apology to Apink after their performance was cut off at the 2019 Gayo Daechukje.

The My My singers were one of the acts on the star-studded bill for the KBS Song Festival on 27 December, and were slaying the crowd with their song %% (Eung Eung).

Chorong, Bomi, Eunji, Naeun, Namjoo and Hayoung had choreographed an ending to their performance which involved them walking upstage to a male backing dancer.

However, KBS cut off their music and cut to an ad break – and the band was seeing looking confused on stage before walking off.

Apink fans watching the show from home were furious, tweeting #JusticeForApink as they demanded answers from the network.

Now, head producer of the song festival Kwon Yong Taek has explained what happened at the Gayo Daechukje.

He said in a statement: ‘We sincerely apologise to Apink and their fans for Apink’s performance not being able to end as planned during 2019 KBS Song Festival yesterday.

‘Our mistake did not allow the performance, that the members prepared for their fans and worked hard day and night for despite their busy schedules, to shine properly, and we are not sure how to console the hurt that the members and fans are experiencing as a result. We apologise to the staff of Apink as well, who worked hard to create a great stage.

‘Yesterday, camera rehearsals were delayed by over an hour as we faced issues with the video equipment that was suspended from the ceiling. It was an unfortunate but necessary delay for safety reasons, but at the request from the event management team who said that we could not delay audience admissions into the venue any longer, I ordered for a portion of the camera rehearsals to be omitted.’

The band have received an apology (Picture: TPG/Getty Images)

He added: ‘This was an error of our staff during the live show, but it was an accident that would not have happened if we had better prepared for the show, so I take full responsibility for this. We will seriously look over the production issues that took place, and place measures to ensure that it does not happen again.

‘Once again, we bow our heads and apologise to Apink and their fans.’

Play M Entertainment also issued a statement on the ‘unfortunate incident’, reading: ‘As soon as our artists came down from the stage, our agency spoke with the KBS staff on how the incident had occurred, and the KBS staff immediately expressed their apologies to the members. The KBS staff has since released an official apology this afternoon.

‘Regardless of how it happened, our agency wished to express our regret that fans were not able to see the whole performance that was planned. As we know better than anyone the hard work, care, and sweat our artists put in for the year-end performance, our regret grows even more.

‘We wish to thank fans for your concern and worry. We also wish to express our gratitude once more for the unending love you have given this year, and we will work hard to make sure we come out stronger from this.’

Naeun was the first member to speak out on the incident, taking to Instagram to speak to the fans.

She wrote: ‘So many upsetting things have happened at the end of this year. I’m posting this because I feel upset and apologetic that we weren’t able to show you the full performance that we worked hard to prepare.

‘To the Apink members and FreeMind, who toiled away while preparing [this performance], and to our staff, who toiled away from the early morning—no, from yesterday’s pre-recording—you all worked hard. Thank you to our Pandas [Apink’s fandom] who waited for our performance and cheered us on. As we had all gathered to wrap up the end of the year in a joyful way, to celebrate that we we had all worked hard and done a great job [this year], it was an event for which all the artists worked really hard to prepare.

‘I hope that in the future, it will be a fair and safe environment in which the performers can do a satisfactory job. Thank you to the many people who are always cheering on Apink.’

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