Cha Tae Hyun was one of the recent public figures who were linked to chatroom conversations from Jung Joon Young phone.
As previously reported, KBS revealed chat logs of conversations between “2 Days & 1 Night” members Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Jun Ho and Jung Joon Young discussing illegal gambling/betting, Cha Tae Hyun was bragging about earning money and showing it off in the chat logs.
The issue became controversial because gambling is illegal in South Korea.
On March 17, Cha Tae Hyun released an official apology addressing the KBS report; he announced he would be stepping down from all of his shows including “2 Days & 1 Night.”
Here is a translation of his statement:
“Hello. This is Cha Tae Hyun.
First, I’m incredibly sorry…
We did not play golf abroad contrary to what’s said in the reports, but we played it at home, thinking it was a game for fun, and the money was returned immediately at the time.
We did this for fun, but I’m so ashamed to see myself posting it to the group room. As a loved public figure who received lots of love, I consider my actions unacceptable.
I am so sorry for disappointing my fans and for the viewers who loved ‘2 Days & 1 Night.’
I’m really sorry that I hurt the other members of ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ who will be negatively affected by my actions. Therefore, I am going to step down from all of my programs.
As a father of a family, I am extremely sorry to my children and my family. I will take time to reflect on my actions. I apologize.”
Meanwhile, “2 Days & 1 Night” stated they would be releasing an official statement on March 18 KST to address the current issues surrounding two other members of the program.
Netizens were furious with what they think is a tiny matter to be blown out of proportions, they believe Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jun Ho are being used as a distraction to cover bigger issues happening right now in South Korea.
What do you think of this?