On December 19, TVXQ guested on the Japanese show to promote their new album. Changmin and Yunho, dressed in all black, maintained a solemn expression throughout the show as the schedule took place soon after they were informed about the death of their labelmate.
The host of the show, well-aware of the unfortunate situation, commented, "We've heard the breaking news about your hoobae Jonghyun."
Yunho responded, "My feelings are so flustered. I can't believe it. We plan to make a visit right after this broadcast." Changmin also let out a sigh and said, "He's like a brother to me and he was the best artist. I can't describe it in words..."
TVXQ attempted to remain composed, however, many viewers were able to see that they were having a difficult time.
Netizens poured out criticism against 'Sukkiri' for giving such questions to TVXQ. Comments stated, "Are they crazy?", "Do they not have a brain?", "It's heartbreaking to see them trying to hold back the tears."
Although some claim the remark regarding Jonghyun's death was discussed ahead of time, many netizens still believe the topic was inappropriate and disrespectful.
If you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm or suicide, seek help as soon as possible by contacting agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention in the United States and abroad.