Yesterday, Lee Ji Hoon made headlines for making a scene at the filming set with his friend. And today, the original writer of the drama that Lee is filming now claimed that he was replaced because of the actor’s power trip.
Writer Park Kye Hyung, who wrote the drama Desire before it was changed to Sponsor, conducted an interview with a media outlet. Park claimed that Lee complained to the production company, which resulted in replacing half of the staff, including the writer, cinematographer, and lighting director.
“The role played by Lee Ji Hoon is someone who secretly gets to the bottom of things for his revenge. So he doesn’t appear as much in the first few episodes. But Lee Ji Hoon said he’d quit (because of the small screen time). And the head of the production company fired me out of the blue,” Park shared.
“I finished writing scripts up to episode 8, but they started changing my writing with another writer from episodes 3 and 4. I’ve worked on it with the director for more than a year,” he added. “Since then, I was so upset that I couldn’t sleep. I even got a prescription for sleeping pills. They stole my work, and there’s nothing I can do about it, and that really hurts my pride.”
Regarding Park’s claims, iHQ responded, “We have requested him to change some parts, but it was per the production company’s opinion, not the actor’s. Lee Ji Hoon never mentioned the screen time.”
“Rather, we’d like to ask if he thinks replacing half of the staff and the writer due to the actor’s power trip is really possible,” the network stated. “I hope he refrains from jumping to the conclusion that one actor has caused all this. We are sorry, but we hope there are no more misunderstandings.”
Meanwhile, Sponsor �is iHQ’s new Monday-Tuesday drama about four men and women who go out to find a sponsor who will satisfy their desires. It will premiere on the 29th at 10:30 PM KST.
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