Comedian Lee Se-young declined to accept the 24th Korean Culture and Entertainment Award due to a recent controversy about sexual harassment.
“(Lee) was confirmed for the award a long time ago,” Lee’s management agency FNC Entertainment told the media Wednesday. “However, after thoughtful consideration, she decided not to accept it given the current circumstances.”
The comedian came under fire when a clip was released online last weekend showing Lee and other female hosts of tvN’s comedy program “Saturday Night Live Korea” allegedly harassing members of the boy band B1A4, the show’s guests.
Comedian Lee Se-young (Official Instagram)
Since the incident, both Lee and the show’s representatives have apologized to the K-pop group and the public for their inappropriate behavior.
Some media outlets even reported that Lee would step down from the show, but “SNL Korea” staff refuted the rumor.
The annual Korean Culture and Entertainment Award recognizes 70 entertainers and artists who have made notable contributions to Korean culture.
By Kim Yu-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)