11.09.09 News Tidbits – Lee Seung Gi

KHD retirement update #2:

Lee Seung Gi’s side “Shocked by Kang Ho Dong’s retirement announcement… We are working on our next step”

Hook says they did not hear anything about HoDong’s retirement beforehand, so they were quite shocked by the announcement at the press conference. Since it happened so suddenly, they didn’t have anything else to say.

English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com


KHD retirement update #1:

PD Na says, “There’s no plan to recruit a new member after KHD leaves; because there’s no one who can replace KHD.” So his position will remain empty. 1N2D will carry on with the other 5 members until February 2012.

According to PD Na, HoDong had been considering retirement for several days now. The production team tried to dissuade him, but his mind was already made up. He communicated his final decision to 1n2d earlier this morning.

English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com


What a day this has been!!! First, 1n2d recording got canceled. Then Kang Ho Dong held a press conference at 6pm KST and announced his temporary retirement from the entertainment industry to make up for his wrongdoing in the tax evasion scandal.

Now all 3 major broadcast stations are in a state of emergency. What is going to happen to the 4 variety programs HoDong is currently hosting? Will Strong Heart be canceled? Will 1N2D have to close its curtains even earlier than planned? 😥

Kang Ho Dong to temporarily leave the industry to reflect on his actions by allkpop


Thanks to Nicoleko66 for this latest update!

According to that classmate of SeungGi, SeungGi is actually scheduled to graduate in March of next year.

So I guess the tests SeungGi was taking weren’t really the final graduation tests.


Now I know why there haven’t been any spoilers from the 1n2d recording today.

It’s been reported that the 1N2D recording scheduled for today has been canceled.

Someone told the press that the viewers tour special had been re-edited to last for 4 weeks of broadcast, instead of 3 weeks as originally planned. The official explanation is that the audience is showing a lot of interest in the viewers tour special, so they want to show as much footage as possible.

However, the rumor is that it’s due to HoDong’s recent tax evasion scandal, and he’s in bad shape right now.

source: startoday
English translation: tryp96.wordpress.com


Who Wore It Better: Lee Seung Gi or Yoon Doo Joon? by soompi
Lee Seung Gi’s handsome father draws attention by allkpop


Sad news…

Many of us received an email from YesAsia yesterday, stating that the Hope Concert DVD Japan Version’s release had been delayed until the end of December. Soon after that, the DVD listing was removed from the website. Soon after that, the DVD was also taken off the Japanese websites one by one. Now it’s not available anywhere anymore.

So I asked a Korean fan, who said that the release of the concert DVD had been postponed indefinitely. And it’s due to a problem with the DVD production company. 😦

Now I guess we can only wait and see.

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25 Responses to 11.09.09 News Tidbits – Lee Seung Gi

  1. Wonny says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo~*worldwide Airens’ thought*

  2. SLTeh says:

    Oh, sad news…! Thanks for the info, Tryp.
    Btw, isn’t today 1n2d recording day? No stalking news yet?

  3. deyani says:

    😦 Thanks for the update Tryp.. Now just patiently waiting for his new album then ^^

  4. Tishi says:

    Lots of things happening to Ho-dong this year. I do wonder if everything is really coincidence, what with suddenly announcing he’s quitting 1N2D then his tax evasion case. Tsk… I hope all is well. Thanks for the update, Tryp.

  5. SLTeh says:

    Thanks for the update Tryp…
    Have a nice weekend!

  6. kaoriro says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    too sad to hear this news. My heart was broken now.

  8. Anonymous says:

    its hurt…can’t bear anymore

  9. macbonie says:

    Oh no.. I’m not prepared for Strong Heart to end like 1N2D too 😦

  10. ann says:

    my two favorite variety ending 😦 i heard that 1n2d family ( staff ) and members are at the backroom when Hodong’s doing the pressconference to show support , that includes Na PD

  11. kaja_lsg says:


  12. SL Teh says:

    very sad news…

  13. azy says:

    too sudden!! i didn’t even know hodong’s in such deep troubles until now, when he announced his retirement. /shock/ damn he’s like the variety heavyweight!!

  14. Boo Jia Min says:

    KHD should at least end 2D1N wholly, shouldn’t he!
    I think there must be a reason behind his actions as he is not such an irresponsible person!
    Seung Gi oppa FIGHTING!!! Don’t be down! Always behind you!

    • AnnMichelle says:

      In his statement KHD said he will discuss with the staff to decide the end date(s) so that he does not cause any (more) damages to the broadcasting studio and the viewers. I hope he keeps his word.

  15. Rin says:

    OMG… I juz saw Kang Ho Dong on KBS news, thought he was making a statement about the tax issue, but felt that something is amiss with the look on his face when he made the final bow before leaving.

    Still reeling from the shock of this latest news…

  16. Wonny says:

    Time to get a life i guess, haha…hmmm

    This breaks my heart…i always preferred khd over yjs, but now that his gone, im gonna miss him..

    But a lot of these things happen like with shin deong yeop, 1 million embezzlement from his agency, but still stand strong…

    Too bad khd is the top nation mc, so people are unforgiving, but the netizen who sued him over the scandal is gonna getitfrom his true fan…ha, *evil smile*

  17. Anonymous says:

    My heart already broken when 1n2d going to end next yr…this another bad news came out for 1n2d! I think my heart totally broken…can’t imagine how the cast members able to laugh after all this happened… i think i’m crying now…. Seung Gi surely have a big effect on this matter…

  18. J says:

    I hope that not only KHD but also all the parties concerned would overcome this trials.
    Thanks for Info, Tryp.

  19. gloss says:

    oh no. ))): i hope khd’s not making his tax evasion issue an excuse to quit 1n2d earlier.. dunno but so much things happened these past weeks, it scares me how his temporary departure will affect all the major broadcasting stations seeing how he’s involved in all of them.

  20. Kikoro says:

    This issues made me can’t slept well yesterday since i was such a big fans of 1n2d members. I thought about how long ho dong hyung will back to korea entertainment industry? Since he such excellent MC and gave us a lot of laughs, i really hopes it is not never back but back after a period of times in future. Hope this period is not too long.
    During his press conference, I can see how he felt painful surrounded in these all around incidents. So I think a moderate rest for him is not bad now even i don’t want it to happen. 😦

  21. TrypFAN says:

    So much going on… Thx Tryp for the update. Sent you an email.

  22. skeleton123 says:

    Hi Tryp96,
    I have been a silent reader of yours from Soompi to this present blog for the past over year. All thanks to you that I have the latest updates on LSG.
    I would like to sent you a personal email to verify on a certain issue which is bothering me at this time. If is at your convenient to do so please advise thanks.

  23. sarah says:

    I just dont know to say.. Up to now, we’re still in shocked about KHD decision.. Its just so sad.. 😦 I wonder how’s our SeungGi feeling right now..

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