Yoo Hee-yeol, 13-year longevity pro’s ‘Sketchbook’ disgraced… 600th Not a Festival Farewell
Singer Yoo Hee-yeol will eventually leave ‘Sketchbook’. Due to the repeated controversy over plagiarism, the demand to leave the program was strong, and the 600th episode, which should be a grand festival, will be a farewell stage filled with regret and bitterness.
On the 18th, Yoo Hee-yeol directly announced his departure from KBS 2TV’s ‘Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook’ through his agency. “First of all, I would like to once again sincerely apologize for causing you fatigue due to the controversy related to me for a long time,” he said.
Hee-yeol Yoo continued, “I ask for your kind understanding of the delay, as the decision about my broadcast activities was a part that required time to prepare for many people, including the production crew, with me.” I am going to wrap it up. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many people who have cared for me for a long time of 13 years and 3 months.”
‘Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook’ started in April 2009 and has been together for 13 years until now, continuing its legacy as KBS’s representative longevity music program. In particular, Yoo Hee-yeol has been running ‘Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook’ for 13 years, communicating with various artists, and receiving a lot of love from the public.
However, recently, controversy arose over the similarity between the second track ‘Very Private Night’ and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘Aqua’, the second track of the Yoo Hee-yeol’s Life Music project. In this regard, Yoo Hee-yeol acknowledged the similarity, but suspicions arose that ‘The Time I Turn On’ and Sakamoto’s (Morikone) ‘1900’ were similar one after another.
Afterwards, suspicions of plagiarizing songs from group public announcements and singer Koji Tamaki arose one after another, and Yoo Hee-yeol canceled the LP and music release of the ‘Life Music’ album. Afterwards, they tried to explain and apologize, but the demand to get off of ‘Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook’ was strong, and recently the viewer’s bulletin board was closed.
Regarding the report about Yoo Hee-yeol’s departure, a KBS official said to My Daily, “We are clearing our position and will inform you through an official press release soon.” It seems that KBS considered it so that Yoo Hee-yeol, who had been with him for 13 years, could directly convey the news of his departure.
Regarding the allegations of plagiarism, Yoo Hee-yeol said, “There are parts that are difficult to agree with. Many of the allegations that come up are opinions and interpretations of each, but it is difficult for me to accept.” I’ll look into it,” he said.
For Yoo Hee-yeol, who had been working with the public for a long time, the fact that many of the songs he had released in the past were embroiled in controversy over plagiarism was a fatal blow to both the fans who loved him and himself.
In particular, Yoo Hee-yeol moved to the entertainment industry a few years ago and maintained his position as a host, so he was a broadcaster loved not only by music fans, but also by young and old. He has not been able to properly put an end to repeated controversies, and when the flames of his accusations do not subside, he is leaving the program he represents and is trying to put an end to it. Attention is focused on how the public will watch Yoo Hee-yeol’s next move.