Following revelations that he participated in sports gambling, Cha Tae-hyun's future is now unknown. As of March 19th, KBS has still not answered questions or posted information about the future of the variety show that makes his reputation, 2 Days & 1 Night. The show may be canceled outright, or Cha Tae-hyun alone may be removed.
Cha Tae-hyun's reputation as a family man and kind neighbor are what makes up most of his public persona. It is unclear how well Cha Tae-hyun can weather the damage done to his good name. While the gambling allegations are light compared to most of what has come out of the 'Burning Sun' investigation, simply being connected to that name at all has done Cha Tae-hyun no favors.
Cha Tae-hyun's agency has emphasized that he thought of his actions as simply being a round of fun amongst friends, that there were no grander implications, and that the money was ultimately returned. Promises have been made that this will never happen again.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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