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TV Program Omits Part About Singer Yoo

2008/07/29 Source

By Kim Ji-soo
Staff Reporter

Singer Steve Seungjun Yoo's attempt at a comeback ― his second one in seven years ―has failed yet again.

The 32-year-old was to appear in MBC's "Never Ending Story" on July 30, as part of a documentary about Chinese action star Jackie Chan. However, after the appearance of Yoo became known, strong public opinion against him made the production team cut out the segment featuring the singer.

"The program is about Jackie Chan. We thought a scene of Chan meeting Yoo wouldn't cause such a big problem. However, considering the public opinion, we made the final decision to leave it out", a staff member on the program said.

Yoo was the reigning idol star when in 2002, he chose American citizenship just before he was supposed to begin his Korean military service. The move created a backlash that ultimately resulted in him being barred from re-entry into Korea.

Yoo had planned a comeback in Korean television through the "Never Ending Story" featuring Jackie Chan. It is known that Yoo, who signed contract with Chan's management company, was to speak of his current state and future plans through the program. The singer had attempted a comeback in 2005 through a documentary made by the cable musical channel Mnet, but the plan fell through because of public opposition.

Korea Times Intern Karen Song reported for this article.

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