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Clara apologizes for her recipe controversy on 'Happy Together 3'

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On a recent episode of KBS 2TV's 'Happy Together 3', the guests brought on the recipes of their favorite nighttime snacks, a tradition like on every other episode.


The nighttime snack corner of the variety show has always attracted various recipes, ranging from ones that are newly developed, old menus with a new twist, or just desserts that stars saw in foreign countries that weren't well-known in Korea.


Clara brought a recipe onto the show that might have been familiar to many international watchers - pasta where she pushed the noodles into pieces of sausages and cooked it whole. The recipe has already been popularized online, but for many Korean viewers, it was their first time seeing the recipe. When she was asked about the recipe, while Clara didn't explicitly say it was her own, she implied that she had thought of it herself, saying, "I thought it'd be fun if I put pasta in the sausages", and "I think food tastes good when it looks good, too. The sausages' get less oily as you boil it, so it tastes good". From her comments, most viewers had surmised that it was Clara's own own recipe.


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However, for the viewers who were already familiar with the recipe (it was once broadcast on another Korean variety show), voiced their displeasure of the recipe being broadcast like it was her own original idea. When the information spread, many viewers were surprised that it was actually not Clara's own, and they demanded to know why Clara had acted like it was her idea. 


Clara's label said, "The sausage pasta is a midnight snack that Clara used to make all the time with an unni she used to know. Since the program introduces midnight snacks people usually eat, Clara prepared the menu thinking that it'd be fun to show what she usually made."


However, viewers pointed out that Clara didn't seem to be familiar with the recipe at all, as she didn't even know how long she was supposed to cook the pasta-sausage combination. 


KBS also said, "The segment is for celebrities to introduce what they like making. There's no rule that they have to bring their unique creations. Because some celebrities have brought out their own creations to the set, we think that image got solidified for that segment. However, the segment's original goal is not a creation battle. We've confirmed that Clara had no intentions to steal the recipe. As you can see from broadcast, she never said that it was a recipe she created herself. The mood of the filming was great, too. We're sad that this kind of misunderstanding happened."


Clara herself tweeted, "I'm sorry. I have nothing to say to make excuses for myself. I'm still very lacking. It's my fault that came from my own greed. Please be understanding and forgive me. I'm sincerely thankful because you give me so much attention, even though I'm so lacking in many ways."


Source: TV Daily via Nate (2), Newsen via Nate, Sports Chosun via Nate

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    bloodysnail Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    When you are the hot topic, everything you do is scrutinized to the max. So anything Clara does is made out to be much bigger than it has to be (like how people commented below, somebody made an ice cream float without knowing that it had existed for a long time, and nobody said a thing - huge contrast to what people had to say about Clara).

    In addition, I think Clara really needs to be careful of what she says on broadcasts, she knows she's popular these days, so she kinda can't afford to blurt things out and expect people to understand...the media is very harsh in that way (unless this is her and her agency's strategy of getting attention, and making people talk about her, then that's a completely different story).

    Other idols have agencies telling them what they should say and don't, so I don't understand why she keeps on saying things that are so easy to misunderstand (like her recipe; or how she never learned yoga but people saw her getting instructed on another broadcast; or her celebrity ex-boyfriend incident; etc) But maybe this is her real personality, this is how she usually acts? Maybe she doesn't understand the Korean TV/broadcast culture because she was born and raised outside of Korea. ;

    However, netizens will not give her special treatment just because she's a little different. I mean after all, she is currently promoting and doing work in Korea, not in another foreign country.

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    damnitsshaira Sunday, September 15, 2013

    oh so thats what it was about

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    kimchifriedrice Saturday, September 14, 2013

    The Happy together controversy wasnt her lying. The whole point is a midnight snack. She stated that it was her friends recipe, before she started to cook. It didnt have to be yours. Suzy won with Fei's recipe what the big deal?

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    whisperedmemorie Thursday, September 19, 2013

    she said , "I thought it'd be fun if I put pasta in the sausages" if this isn't implying she thought of it herself I dont know what is

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    bloodysnail Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    I watched she show, and she never said that it was her friend's recipe. She never explicitly said it was her own either though. It's very easy to misunderstand.

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