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SBS responds to controversy surrounding 'My Sassy Girl' casting

By jubilantj   Tuesday, August 23, 2016   102,858   4,454   25



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Through an official statement released on August 23, SBS claimed that it did not actively participate or discuss the promotions, casting process, and general planning for upcoming historical drama 'My Sassy Girl,' a remake of the 2001 movie of the same name. 

Recently, the drama was caught up in a controversy for suddenly dropping Kim Hyun Joo, the actress who was supposed to play the female lead in 'My Sassy Girl,' and going for the more established Oh Yeon Seo.  

SBS stated, "RaemongRaein and H.Brothers, the companies in charge of producing 'My Sassy Girl,' used Midas Entertaining's all-cast site to hold an 'online public audition' with the aim of selecting the actress that will be playing opposite the male lead. However, SBS never officially participated in or discussed matters related to promotions and the planning or procedures of the online casting event. "

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SBS further stated, "With the drama production company's unilateral operation of the online casting, the breadth for application qualifications broadened excessively in scope, causing the adverse effect of unqualified people to apply [for the role] in mass numbers. When the public noted this adverse effect, the management agencies in charge of securing volunteers for the female lead role did not support the online casting," explaining that they had promised nothing regarding the casting procedures. 

SBS also addressed the netizens' 45% score, stating, "One applicant had appeared in a drama right before the online casting event, so a majority of netizen votes went to her, and for the actresses without much acting experience, they earned votes based on their currently existing fan base, negating the guarantee for fairness. The faults and the non-transparency of this audition process was clearly exposed through the netizen screening. The actress who was selected through a [physical] audition actually earned a score that was 20% lower than the actress who was selected as the first choice in the netizen screening." 

Further, SBS headquarter employee Producer Oh Jin Seok relayed, "We cannot select a female lead that will secure the completion of 'My Sassy Girl' through a faulty audition process such as an online audition casting, and because we judged that we cannot uphold the means of discovering new talent through such a publicized process, we did not participate at all in the audition procedure conducted by the external production companies." 

A drama rep also clarified the rumors that Kim Yoon Hye is now the female lead, saying, "Nothing is confirmed. We're still in the discussion stages." 

  1. Oh Yeon Seo
  2. Kim Hyun Joo
  3. Kim Yoon Hye
  4. my sassy girl

mildnature Wednesday, August 24, 2016

i hav actresses in mind, my suggestion however is based on their acting capability....Baek Jin-hee,  Lee Yeon -hee, Kang So-ra, Nam Bo-ra, Park Bo-young, Lee Yu-bi and Park Min-young...

mildnature Wednesday, August 24, 2016

right from the start, the remake has been shadowed with refused remakes or its sequel without the original casts not even  CTH's movie...they should hav properly gone thru the pros and cons and reconsidered the odds before they proceeded with the plan....they are like dribbling us, up when hyped and down with all this indecisiveness in choosing the actress.

kpoplover1597 Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This is so shady on their part. Sure I agree that online voting is not the best idea to choose an actress, but if they were never going along with the plan from the start then why wouldn't they say from in the beginning? or after she was announced as winner? Probably bc they just didn't like her and decided to come up with a shitty excuse.

Mr.T Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All of this just scream shady to me. What? KJH's sponsor is not as strong/rich as OYS's sponsor or something?

shimajul Tuesday, August 23, 2016

so ... its not OYS anymore? ugh ... before its start already make me headache

ly3330 Tuesday, August 23, 2016

dis bullshit.... making up some random ass excuses..... smh.... i was really excited for Kim Hyun Joo and Joo Won together.......

LordLiar18 Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It's such a mess... That means the KHJ wasn't even confirmed as a lead?? Anyway, hope the remake would be exciting cause i really like "My Sassy Girl" and Joo won...

centen Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kinda weird... why would you ever hire based on fan votes? Fans vote based on criteria other than "who is actually the best suited to play this role."

BoBo101 Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Basically just a long shady excuse

Crazy_Dog Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bull probably a sponser chick

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