According to Star News' exclusive report on February 28, A-Tom decided to leave the group to participate in the competition program.
Regarding the report, his label Hunus Entertainment first stated, "It's true that one member will be departing the group and participating in the program but we cannot reveal who that member is."
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However, Star News found out that the member is indeed A-Tom. Hunus Entertainment eventually confirmed with the statement, "Members other than A-Tom will not be participating in 'Produce 101' season 2. The team will stay together."
The first recording for 'Produce 101' season 2 started on February 26. The show is scheduled to broadcast in mid-March.