Actor Son Ho Jun has been revealed as the replacement for Jang Geun Suk on tvN’s variety show Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village, as Jang Geun Suk recently left the show due to his tax evasion issues. Son Ho Jun was rapidly recruited by the crew of the show to fill his empty spot, however, this casting has created issues of its own.
On January 19th, CJ E&M released a statement saying, “Son Ho Jun entered Man Je Island as the new member of the later half of ‘Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village‘ on the 18th.” In addition to this statement, CJ E&M also released a photograph of Son Ho Jun with actor Yoo Hae Jin on a boat to Man Je Island.
Regarding Son Ho Jun’s casting, CJ E&M stated, “Son Ho Jun appeared in ‘Youth Over Flowers‘ and ‘Three Meals a Day – Jung Sun‘ and gave laughs due to his independent character. He also appeared as a guest on ‘Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village’ and showed good chemistry with Cha Seung Won and Yoo Hae Jin.” They expressed their “high expectations for his contribution as a member in the later half of the show.”
Due to Jang Geun Suk’s sudden departure from the show after his tax evasion scandal, the first episode of Na Young Suk PD’s new show was pushed back from the previously announced January 16th broadcast to Friday, January 23rd to allow time to edit out Jan Geun Suk’s parts in the episodes that were filmed already. Son Ho Jun was recruited as Jang Geun Suk’s replacement, but this new casting has been creating issues due to Son Ho Jun’s appearance in the SBS variety show Laws of the Jungle as a cast member in the newest season. The main issue lies in the fact that the two shows broadcast during the same time on the same day of the week.
In response to this, Laws of the Jungle‘s Lee Young Jun PD stated, “We already finished filming last November and have already completed editing. We are preparing the broadcast of the first episode, but it has now overlapped. We also found out about the overlapping of the time through a news article.”
Lee PD shared that the team was flustered after “focusing for two months on post-production work, with this issue coming up one week before the first broadcast. There has never been a case like this during all the seasons of ‘Laws of the Jungle.’ It’s rude to the viewers for a cast member to appear in two different shows that air at the same time.”
In response to this, tvN’s Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village Version‘s Na PD apologized, saying, “It was my fault for not checking beforehand.” tvN stated, “It was a very rushed decision to cast Son Ho Jun as the new member. It was so rushed that we did not think about this possibility. We apologize to ‘Laws of the Jungle.’“
Son Ho Jun also apologized to viewers saying, “The situation has arisen unintentionally,” sharing his regret.
The first episode of tvN’s Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village is set to air this Friday, January 23rd. The portion with Son Ho Jun will be broadcast starting January 30th and will be broadcast at the same time as Laws of the Jungle – with Friends at 10PM KST every Friday.