JYJ's label issued their own statement on Channel A's explanation.
C-JeS Entertainment said, "The basic principle for a broadcasting channel is fair reporting. They're obligated to properly report information about the program and its participants to the viewers. We are disappointed that these principles were not kept during a large major event for the country. It's not something you should apologize to us or the fans, but instead, to the viewers. Even though the hosts, the transition team, already reported on information about the participants and why they were invited through an official statement, we are disappointed that the proper truth was not reported. There is no reason to reply to the other comments or apologies."
Channel A's reporters had said, "This is a group called JYJ. You don't know them well, right? It's a group who dropped out separately from TVXQ...", and also that "It sort of looks like they're singing at karaoke compared to when they were singing on a flashy stage." Channel A apologized for the lighting statements but not for the other comments.