Following prolonged outrage over her drunken abuse of a taxi driver, Han Ji-sun has left "The Secret Life of My Secretary". The assault incident occurred last September when she hailed a taxi in the Gangnam district of Seoul outside of a movie theater. She then proceeded to attack the driver upon entering.
When news of the past incident became public Han Ji-sun's agency apologized in her stead, saying that she acknowledged her mistake and was being careful not to let such an incident happen again. This was not enough to silence public outrage, as Han Ji-sun had obtained a high profile role so shortly after the incident enough had taken place.
Han Ji-sun was forced to leave "The Secret Life of My Secretary" following deliberation by the relevant officials at SBS on May 24th. In a statement, SBS said that as confusing and difficult as the situation was, they felt that removing Han Ji-sun was the best decision they could make at this time.
The production team behind "The Secret Life of My Secretary" was critical of the decision, as filming had already finished up to the twenty-eighth episode- the drama's seventh planned week. They requested understanding of their difficult situation, though they promised to do their best to find a replacement and deal with Han Ji-sun's existing scenes.
In any case as long as Han Ji-sun continues to appear on "The Secret Life of My Secretary" the more likely it is the production will suffer. As the most recent episodes showed some improvement in ratings, both SBS and the production team behind "The Secret Life of My Secretary" aren't going to want to put a damper on that.
Written by William Schwartz
"The Secret Life of My Secretary" is directed by Lee Gwang-yeong, written by Kim Ah-jeong, and features Kim Young-kwang, Jin Ki-joo, Kim Jae-kyung, Koo Ja-sung, Jang So-yeon, Son San. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/05/06~Now airing, Mon, Tue 22:00 on SBS.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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