KUALA LUMPUR: Following the recent tragic passing of K-Pop idol Sulli, the Korean show that tackles celebrity cyber-bullying, Night Of Hate Comments, has been discontinued.
According to Soompi, the show’s broadcaster JTBC released a statement yesterday announcing the termination of the show, which was also co-hosted by Sulli, the 25-year-old former member of K-Pop group f(x).
The statement read: “JTBC2’s Night Of Hate Comments will end with the 16th episode which aired on Oct 11. After learning about the sad news of one of our Night Of Hate Comments’ main MCs and contemplating the production direction, we decided to discontinue the production of the program because we judged that the program could not continue in the absence of the deceased.”
It added: “We think of our time with the confident and beautiful Sulli as an honour, and we hope she will rest in peace. We thank viewers who cared for Night Of Hate Comments and sympathised with our intention to raise warnings about malicious comments.”
The show, which had four hosts, began airing in South Korea on June 21 this year and featured celebrity guests each week to discuss their reactions to the hateful comments, malicious rumours and cyber-bullying that they encountered online.
Ironically, the producers of the series had apparently aimed for the show “to help the stars become stronger psychologically".
It was earlier reported that Sulli, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, was having a hard time dealing with the barrage of hateful comments targeted at her.
A close friend of Sulli, had revealed that the singer-songwriter and actress had been planning to leave the show since two months ago.
In an episode earlier this month, Sulli had confessed that she was feeling very “empty” in her life and that she had been “lying” to everyone by pretending to be happy.
She was alleged to have taken her own life on Oct 14 after her body was found by her manager in her house in Seoul.