[PHOTO] KARA Strike Pose Together at Comeback Showcase

From left, K-pop girl group KARA members Jiyoung, Nicole, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara pose together during the group’s comeback showcase for their fourth album “Full Bloom,” held in Seoul, Korea on September 2, 2013. [TenAsia/ Gue Hye-jung]

A controversy over girl group KARA members’ attitude during a talk show aired on Wednesday has been settled for the time being.

After making a comeback with their fourth album “Full Bloom” on Monday, KARA members Sungyeon, Hara and Jiyoung made an appearance on MBC’s TV show “Radio Star” with co-guest and singer Park Jin-young Wednesday night.

During the program, Hara and Jiyoung burst out into tears while answering several mischievous questions from the show’s hosts Kim Gook-jin, Kim Goo-ra, Yoon Jon-shin and Kyuhyun of Super Junior.

Hara lost her cool, throwing her water bottle across the table, and shedding tears when the hosts continued to tease her and call her a ‘dating idol star’ in reference to her past relationship with Yong Junhyung of BEAST and presumably rumors of her relationship with model-actor Lee Soo-hyuk, while Jiyoung cried when she was asked to act cute, which she said she didn’t have the heart to do.

Right after the show hit airwaves, the Internet buzzed over KARA members’ behavior since the program is well known for being tough and mischievous towards its guests. Some Internet users agreed that the hosts went too far, while others criticized Hara and Jiyoung of being immature and unprofessional.

On Thursday night, member Seungyeon apologized through her official Twitter account for the controversy they unintentionally caused, saying, “First of all, I apologize for any uneasy feelings those of you that watched ‘Radio Star’ may have felt.”

“We are sorry that we couldn’t act as professionals should do due to personal reasons. We are grateful and also deeply apologize to the ‘Radio Star’ hosts, staff and Park Jin-young for taking care of us during and after the program,” Seungyeon continued on behalf of the other KARA members.

Meanwhile, host Yoon Jong-shin stood by the girls’ by tweeting last night, “We were mischievous in the way we always are (during the show’s taping), so if anything, we should be the ones taking the blame. Not everyone can smile and fend off all questions they’re asked. They would’ve been difficult experiences for them… It’s my fault since I was the toughest on them. Sorry.”

The program’s scriptwriter Kim Tae-hee also defended girls through her Twitter account Friday morning. “As far as I know, KARA is super polite, nice and better at variety shows than any other girl groups. They got a bit emotional during the taping but they soon got over and tried their best, and I appreciate it. Don’t talk bad about them! They are pretty and nice girls!”

Reporter. Kang Jung-yeon atoz@tenasia.co.kr
Photographer. Gue Hye-jung photonine@tenasia.co.kr
Editor. Lee Hye-ji hjlee@tenasia.co.kr