On July 12, his agency Koen Stars stated, "After Shin Jung Hwan met with Mnet recently, it's confirmed he'll be returning to broadcasts in September through a new variety show." The variety show surrounds the theme 'Return to Beginnings Project', but further details have not been revealed.
Shin Jung Hwan stated, "I can't believe I've been given a new chance. I'm worried I won't be able to adjust to the flow of the new show, but I'm more worried what viewers will think... I'm nervous just wondering about that. All of this is something I have to endure and move past. I'll do my best in the most sincere way."
In 2011, Shin Jung Hwan was sentenced to jail for gambling illegally.