“The King Of Tears, Lee Bang” is not airing for the 4th consecutive week.
On February 7. KBS issued a statement to announce that the drama will not air on the 12th and 13th of February marking the 4th consecutive week that the drama delayed its broadcast. Its still unclear when the drama will resume filming or broadcasting.
Last month, the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KARA) released footage of what appears to be animal abuse on the set of the drama. The clips in question show a scene of the character Lee Bang Won’s father Lee Seong Gye falling dramatically as he rides a horse. The horse takes a head dive and lands on its side. Due to the massive controversy that ensued after the clip circulated the web, KBS issued a formal apology and stated the horse died a week after the incident.
Due to the controversy, KBS issued a statement to announce that “The King Of Tears, Lee Bang Won” episode 13 and 14 will not be airing following the news. On February 3, media outlets reported that the drama is not airing for its 3rd week from February 5 to 6. Furthermore, all scheduled filming has been halted until further notice as the production is undergoing ‘thorough inspections’ due to what happened.