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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

When K-pop idols become embroiled in serious controversy, they usually end up being forced to take a break. However, there are also occasions where artists get banned from certain broadcasting networks such as KBS or MBC. Below are just a few of the idols who have experienced this.

5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

14:00 Jun.K

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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

In 2018, 2PM Jun.K was temporarily suspended from appearing on television for drunk driving. He was caught driving while under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 10, around 7 a.m. KST. His driving license was also suspended at the time.

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Broadcast ban for Jun. The K was abolished in May 2021 and he resumed his activities on KBS programs in light of the return of 2PM. The group appeared in the July program of KBS Cool FM “DAY6’s Kiss the Radio”.

Former HOT Tony Ahn

HOT Tony Ahn

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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

Tony Ahn was charged with illegal online gambling in 2013, alongside Tak Jae Hoon and Lee Soo Geun. The charges were found to be true and the HOT member was sentenced to a one-year probation.

Due to this incident, KBS and MBC banned Tony Ahn from appearing on their stations. KBS even banned all HOT songs from their broadcasts. The ban on the male idol was lifted three years later.

SHINHWA Andy

Shinhwa Andy

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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

Another K-pop idol who has been banned from appearing on MBC is SHINHWA Andy, whose case is similar to HOT Tony because it also involves illegal gambling. Andy was accused of illegal gambling at football matches, which led him to stop all his activities.

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Upon learning of this, MBC prohibited Andy from appearing on its network. The ban lasted about a year since it was lifted in 2015.

Former JYJ Yoochun Park

Yoochun Park

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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

Park Yoochun was embroiled in a drug scandal in 2019. He was accused of using drugs but denied all claims. However, he tested positive for drugs, prompting him to plead guilty to drug allegations. Soon he was sentenced to two years ‘suspended prison sentence and 10 months’ imprisonment if he broke any law during that period. He also had to undergo protective surveillance and drug addiction treatment and pay a fine of 1.4 million won.

His drug scandal led him to be banned from appearing in all MBC content. It was around this time that C-JeS Entertainment terminated their contract with Park Yoochun due to his controversy.

Former island of FT Choi Jonghoon

FT Choi Jonghoon Island

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5 K-pop idols banned from appearing on KBS or MBC due to scandals

Former FT Island member Choi Johnghoon also joins our list of K-pop idols that have been banned from appearing on KBS or MBC. He was named as one of the members of the group chat with Jung Joon Young where they shared adult videos. He was later found guilty of sexual harassment, illegal production and distribution of pornographic films without the consent of the women involved.

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Choi Jonghoon has been banned not only from KBS and MBC, but from all broadcasting networks. He was also sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Do you know of any other K-pop idols who have been banned from appearing on KBS, MBC or other broadcast networks because of their scandals?

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With a script by Maria Scott

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