At 5:36PM of the 22nd, SBS officially announced that T-ara’s Eunjung would be leaving “Five Fingers”. Until the previous night (21st), Eunjung was still practising her lines. To her surprise, in less than a day, she received news that she was dropped from “Five Fingers”.
What actually happened within this day? Let’s summarize what the drama production company, Eunjung, and Jin SeYeon etc have said.
At 4pm on the 21st, Eunjung and the writers met and had a discussion about the drama and the script. Dinner was had alongside this meeting which went on until very late. During the meeting, everybody encouraged each other and expressed their desire to make this drama a success.
Eunjung was scheduled to film her first scene for on the 22nd. She was originally scheduled to film on the 18th, but because her character Hong Dami appears from the fifth episode, her first filming was delayed until the 22nd.
On the after noon of the 21st, ChangWook joined later in the meeting and practiced his lines with Eunjung. In the drama, Ji ChangWook and Eunjung and Joo JiHoon are involved in a love triangle. ChangWook and Eunjung practiced their lines for 3-4 hours before separating.
As Eunjung was preparing for her first filming, something unexpected happened. The drama producers late into the afternoon approached Jin SeYeon to see whether she can join “Five Fingers”. SeYeon expressed: “If Eunjung is leaving the show, I can appear in the drama.” This means that while the writers and producers were encouraging Eunjung, at the same time, they were also approaching other replacement actors with the possibility of dropping Eunjung.
At 12pm noon on the 22nd, news about Eunjung leaving was released. Eunjung’s management agency also felt surprised at what had happened within a day. Eunjung after seeing the news remained silent, and her management agency expressed shock.
Netizens have expressed displeasure at the way the producers and SBS have acted inappropriately, at how they gave an unilateral notice of termination when the acting contract had already been signed. Netizens have also expressed disappointment at the production company and at SBS for not fully discuss the situation with Eunjung before discussing Jin YeSeon’s joining of “Five Fingers.”