Yoon Seo Bin leaves Mnet's 'Produce X 101' + no longer with JYP Entertainment
Jun Ko, May 8, 2019, 11:05 a.m.
On May 8th, JYP Entertainment announced that Yoon Seo Bin was officially removed from Mnet's idol survival series 'Produce X 101': "Hello, this is JYP Entertainment. We would like to notify you about trainee Yoon Seo Bin. We have recently come to the conclusion that trainee Yoon Seo Bin of Mnet's 'Produce X 101' does not meet our agency's policy and criteria. Therefore, we will be cancelling his trainee contract. As a result, he will be leaving the survival program."
The cancellation of Yoon Seo Bin's contract came after his controversy; it was rumored that he had been severely bullied others as well as engaged in underage drinking and smoking.
After the announcement of his contract termination, Yoo Seo Bin gave an official apology for his misdeeds: "I apologize. It's true that I partied in high school and I'm still reflecting on it a lot. I apologize to JYP Entertainment and the 'Produce X 101' production team because of all this."
He also gave a reason behind his name change: "I definitely did not change my name and quit school to clear my past. I changed my name because it was always difficult to pronounce. My parents also went to a Korean fortune teller, who told us that the name wasn't good. I also signed as a trainee at a different agency in my second year of high school, but quit because it was too difficult to travel between Gwangju and Seoul."
He also apologize for bullying: "I apologize. No matter the reason, it's wrong of me to have caused that situation. I apologize for causing such a big controversy when I'm only a trainee. I'm back in my hometown now and I can't even go on the internet or meet people. I'm thinking about what I can do now, and I know the public will not see me in a good light in any case. I can't get myself to do anything right now. I apologize to everyone."
After Yoon Seo Bin's controversy, an insider revealed that Mnet's 'Produce X 101' requested labels to review their trainees with more detail: "Mnet's 'Produce X 101' producers requested labels to check the backgrounds and personal lives of the trainees once more." Another insider revealed that, "The producers asking for a check into their personal lives means they're requesting responsibility when a controversy erupts. Honestly, it's tough for the agencies to know if there were any problems in the trainees' personal lives if they don't come clean themselves. The producers' concerns are understandable. The agencies don't want their trainees to undergo controversies either."