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Posted by AKP STAFF Monday, August 15, 2011

Han Ye Seul leaves Spy Myung Wol in crisis mode


Unprecedented in Korean entertainment history, a leading actress who was in the midst of filming a drama has left the country without permission after refusing to show up on set. Han Ye Seul ofKBS's "Spy Myung Wol" failed to show up for her scheduled shoot on August 14th, and it's been confirmed that she's left for Los Angeles on an afternoon flight on the 15th. The drama's production company,KBS, and her co-stars have all shown their frustration towards Han Ye Seul's attitude. KBS will make a decision on the drama's future direction on the 16th, although they have primarily decided on a female lead change on the night of the 15th. A person in the "Spy Myung Wol" production team revealed to Star News, "We have confirmed that Han Ye Seul has left for the U.S... But we don't know the date and time of her return". Her co-stars, who have been anxiously watching the situation, finally exploded in anger at the news of Han Ye Seul's departure. Star News reached out to an agency spokesperson for a leading actor, who questioned in disbelief, "I found out about Han Ye Seul's departure through the news. Is her departure true?". They lateradded, "I heard that Han Ye Seul's agency found out through the news as well". The spokesperson continued, "If it is true that Han Ye Seul has left the country, she must take all responsibility for the situation with "Spy Myung Wol... There were some aspects of her issues that could be understood as a fellow actor/actress, but if it's true that she has left the country alone, she has crossed the line." KBS has declared their firm position, as well. Ko Yong Tak, the director of KBS's drama, stated on a phone call with Star News, "The top priority as of now is Han Ye Seul's return to the set," and that, "Some media outlets have gone head over heels when they reported about changing the lead role, ending the drama, and other speculations. We will make our final decision on the afternoon of the 16th." Earlier this day, KBS stated their official stance towards Han Ye Seul's refusal to show up on set. KBS stated, "Despite knowing the fact that her absence at the set may cause failure of episodes to air, Han Ye Seul has unilaterally gone under the radar." They added, "With that said, intentionally causing problems to the production of a drama is unacceptable for a public figure." KBS continued, "A planned production of a drama is a promise with the people of this nation. Regardless of what the reason may be, Han Ye Seul must alleviate this problem from degenerating any further and sincerely take part in the production." "Spy Myung Wol" aired a special highlights episode on the 15th and will return to regular broadcast on the 16th. Source: Money Today via Nate

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