Earlier, producer Han Dong Chul, the creator of Mnet's 'Produce 101', became surrounded in controversy after saying that the show was intended to be "healthy pornography".
Mnet has now stepped up to issue an official statement of apology on behalf of Han Dong Chul. The broadcasting station relayed, "We offer words of apology and feel deeply embarrassed for causing such misunderstandings, caused by a word previously used during an interview to attempt to describe 'powerful contents impossible to take one's eyes off of' as the answer to a question asking about the success formula for the upcoming male version of 'Produce 101.'"
They continued, "We apologize for inflicting discomfort on all the viewers who loved and supported 'Produce 101', for causing misunderstandings by using inappropriate diction to refer to the fun and energy that the program offers, for making a careless mistake by solely thinking of [one's] personal perspective even through the possibility of running into misunderstandings with the overlapping topic of 'Produce 101 Season 1', and more."
It seems like Mnet may need to take heavier precautions when it comes to maintaining professionalism during public interviews.