The production crew of K Pop concert tried to clarify and explain about the controversy of Leeteuk in response to netizens’ criticism.
On May 21 at California Amphitheatre, Korean Music Wave in Google that MBC, Google, and Youtube co-hosted was held and broadcast live on Youtube.
At the end of the concert, all the stars reappeared on stage singing “Arirang.” After singing the song, Leeteuk held the microphone and closed the ceremony by saying, “We who have different languages and appearances have united as one in music.” However, few netizens criticized him for saying the closing line when SNSD’s Taeyeon and Tiffany were MCs of the event and not him.
A local publicist of MBC explained, “I believe that the criticism is from some misunderstanding of the situation. The director of the concert asked Leeteuk who has a lot of experience in emceeing, to wrap up the big live concert.”
He also stated, “It’s nonsense that he disturbed Tiffany’s emceeing. Leeteuk coming on stage with a microphone shows that it has been planned beforehand.”
Leeteuk also tried to explain himself on Twitter by posting, “I was asked to wrap up the concert with closing lines after singing the ending song ‘Arirang.’ I would like to give my sincere apologies if saying the closing line with the producer’s request is a wrongdoing. If not, I would like to politely ask you not to criticize me.”
Many top stars performed in this concert including TVXQ, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, SNSD, Kara, B2ST, Mblaq, Sistar, and f(x). Youtube MBC K-pop Channel and Youtube Presents Channel received so much attention that 190,000 comments were posted simultaneously. The concert will air on MBC soon.