This week has been a whirlwind for K-drama fans, especially for supporters of Kim Seon Ho. He has been a trending topic on the internet for the past few days, and many have expressed their feelings about the sudden change in his career. A brief background: The actor became a breakout star last year after appearing in Start-Up and he soon landed the main role in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. The said drama ended last October 17 and the following day, a rumor involving his ex-girlfriend spread like wildfire.
Kim Seon Ho’s controversy
ICYDK, it all started with an anonymous post claiming that “actor K”—whom she broke up with four months ago—forced her to have an abortion. She also mentioned how he would badmouth his co-stars. In a short period of time, news sites started dropping names, with reporter-turned-YouTuber Lee Jin Ho revealing that “actor K” is Kim Seon Ho.
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Brands endorsed by Kim Seon Ho start pulling out his photos
Although Kim Seon Ho and his agency haven’t released any statement yet, brands advertised by him took down his promotional materials. Domino’s Pizza, who tapped him as their newest brand ambassador early this year, quickly deleted photos of him on their official social media accounts. Food Bucket also did the same thing.
When Kim Seon Ho released his apology letter on October 20, other brands also removed their posts starring him. This includes the e-commerce platform 11Street, the skincare label La Roche-Posay, and the clothing brand Nau.
Kim Seon Ho leaves 2 Days & 1 Night
On the same day, Kim Seon Ho’s departure from the variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night, was also announced. KBS declared that they will do their best to “edit him out of the already filmed footage to reduce the discomfort felt by viewers.” Based on reports, it was a mutual decision and the actor has also relayed his desire to leave the program.
Kim Seon Ho will no longer appear in his upcoming projects
The 35-year-old was supposed to make his movie debut after his stint in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. He was in talks to star in the movie Sad Tropics, which tells the life of a half-Korean and half-Filipino man. While nothing has been decided for this project, Kim Seon Ho was confirmed to lead the rom-com movie 2 O’ Clock Date with Girls’ Generation’s Yoona. He was also cast in another film titled Dog Days, starring Oscar award-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung.
However, the production companies of both movies have decided to replace him. JK Film, who’s behind Dog Days, said: “It’s a bit burdensome to keep going [with Kim Seon Ho] because it’s the role of a romantic couple. We have spoken with the agency, decided to replace him, and are taking the necessary steps.”
In more recent news, Kim Seon Ho’s ex-girlfriend has shared an apology statement and her camp will be taking legal measures against death threats and personal attacks.