Kara’s Goo Hara and Kang Ji Young Shed Tears During “Radio Star”

Kara’s Goo Hara and Kang Ji Young Shed Tears During “Radio Star”

MBC’s late night Wednesday variety show, “Golden Fishery – Radio Star” was never one for side skirting sensitive issues. They usually take the bulldozer approach to dealing with their guests and usually isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions. Unfortunately, the success and failure of such tactics depends on how their guests respond and this week it appears that “Radio Star’s” bulldozer approach hit a massive barrier as Kara’s Goo Hara and Kang Ji Young both shed tears during the course of Wednesday’s episode.

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The September 4 airing of “Radio Star” featured Park Jin Young, Kara‘s Goo Hara, Han Seung Yeon, and Kang Ji Young as its guests. This isn’t the first time either party has appeared on the show, with Park Jin Young appearing in a much earlier episode of the show and Kara previously featuring in one of the first TV appearances after their group break up situation. Right from the outset, the program got off to a fiery start, saying that JYP should be called SJ instead after Suzy and calling Goo Hara the blue chip of the idol rumor world, calling her the “relationship-idol.”

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Even after the introduction, the MCs continued to steam roll through the guests saying that they had nothing to talk about in regards to Park Jin Young besides the MV. Throughout all of this, the Kara members can be seen being very nervous and stiff. However, the MCs aren’t phased and mention how Goo Hara has one of the greatest titles for an idol, “eelationship-idol.” When asked what she thinks about this, Goo Hara answers back meekly, saying “To be honest, I don’t really know” with the MCs telling Park Jin Young to provide her with hope and courage.

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After that initial banter, the show continues on and they talk about Park Jin Young for a bit before eventually moving back to Goo Hara’s relationship. They start off by saying that Goo Hara was scared about appearing on “Radio Star.” They attack her on this point as well, saying that there is a typical type of person that is fearful of “Radio Star” with Kyuhyun telling her that “A guilty conscience needs no accuser.”

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The MCs ask her which questions she is most worried about. Goo Hara responds back by saying “relationships” and then the MCs respond that that is too general of a word and ask her which relationship they should avoid. Kyuhyun continues to say that Goo Hara is the relationship idol before Goo Hara angrily responds with a no while throwing a drink bottle towards his direction.

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Goo Hara’s concern is that constantly mentioning this would result in strange articles being posted about it. MC Kim Gura responds that if articles keep getting posted about it then the public will eventually lose interest in it. He continues on by saying that it appears that her relationship wasn’t all that passionate. Goo Hara responds that because they’ve been active in Japan for so long and because they’ve all been away overseas a lot and then proceeds to say “That is all.”

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The conversation eventually moves on to MC Kyuhyun. Kara talks about how Kyuhyun came to their waiting room to greet them and how Goo Hara asked him to go a little easy on them and not talk about their private lives, but that promise clearly went straight out the window the moment the recording started. Kyuhyun then throws out a massive curveball saying that he could finish off Goo Hara if he opens his mouth. Goo Hara angrily gets up and then states that he too can’t hold his head up high.

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Goo Hara then mentions that this is making her tear up before actually crying for real. The MCs clearly get flustered and Kyuhyun tries to quickly defuse the issue by saying that it was a joke. Goo Hara mentions that she is “really angry” and continues to cry in front of the flustered MCs. 

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Kyuhyun at this point is clearly flustered at this point and remains silent while the other MCs try to defuse the situation by joking about how “Radio Star” has a crying history- a list of stars that have cried on the show. Kim Gura continues to try to defuse the situation by jokingly acknowledging Kyuhyun as his successor in terms of making biting remarks. Kyuhyun finally states that he actually knows nothing about Goo Hara, to which Hara playful asks him if he has been lying on air then. At this point the mood of the set appears to return to normal and they continue on with the show. However, the calm only lasts for a little while before the show adds another star to their growing list of guests that have cried on the show.

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Later on the MCs start to talk about how Kara are massive stars in Japan and how they receive special treatment over there. The topic then moves on to how Kang Ji Young can make the whole country flip on its head by showing off her cutesy acts. Kang Ji Young says that’s not really the case. The MCs continue to say her cutesy act is the craze of Japan and they eventually ask her to show it off on the show as well. Ji Young initially tries to avoid doing it by saying she initially did it in Japanese. However, the MCs continue to ask her to show off her cutesy act.

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Ji Young initially appears to be doing it before asking them why they keep telling her she’s cute when she isn’t. Kim Gura then loudly tells her that if she herself doesn’t even know (If she is cute or not) then who else would. Kim Gura continues to ask her to show it off but Ji Young continues to say she can’t do it before eventually shaking her head and saying she doesn’t want to do it.

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The MCs at this point seem to admit defeat and they mention how she might start crying if they keep asking her. At this point Kang Ji Young once again says that she really isn’t cute and yet they keep asking her. At this point Kang Ji Young actually begins to cry, which once again flusters the MCs with Kyuhyun lambasting his own MC team saying that they shouldn’t have done this. Goo Hara tries to explain that it has been awhile since they’ve been on a Korean variety show and Ji Young continues to tearfully mention how they kept asking her to act cute when she isn’t. Once again, everyone tries to defuse the situation and the show eventually moves onto Park Jin Young before finally ending the show.

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As part of their ending, they ask Kang Ji Young if variety shows should now not ask her to act cute in their shows. Kang Ji Young replies in the affirmative and Kim Gura, half jokingly, replies that she will act cute if Yoo Jae Suk asks her to.

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Opinions about the episode have been rather polarising. Initial responses were that the MCs might have gone too far with their remarks and that they should have expected a situation like this could occur. However, opinions began to shift towards the other side with some people stating that Kara was discriminating in terms of programs. This became even more prominent, especially in light of Kim Gura’s comment about Yoo Jae Suk, when someone found a scene from an older episode of “Happy Together Season 3” featuring Kara. During this episode MC Yoo Jae Suk asked Kang Ji Young to do something cutesy and she did it without any hesitation.  There is also the opinion that given the show’s reputation, the guest should have expected these sort of questions to come up and that Kara acted like they did was being disrespectful towards the show and the MCs. To be noted, however, is that Goo Hara stated on “Radio Star” that it has been a while since the group has been on a variety program in Korea. Whatever the case, we’ll leave you with the Youtube videos of the two scenes in questions.


Goo Hara in tears

Kang Ji Young in tears.

55 comments
Tofu_Cloud
Tofu_Cloud

from what i know Go hara has a bad rep within the korean celebrity world... she is known to flirt and date lots.

so her reputation of that and letting the public know is probably offensive to her. She had a lot of drama about her "relationships" it's none of anyone's business...

personally some of the host belong in news cast, not interviewer young k-pop idols... seeing them is so dispiseful....

tttttt1
tttttt1

Try to imagine that you have just broken up with someone that you were with for so long like 2-5 years. That person used to mean a lot to you and the whole entire world and now you're trying to heal rom it. suddenly someone who doesn't even know anything about your relationship and full saying all these things about your past relationship and brought back many memories. How would you feel? Even when you're having a conversation with someone then they bring back the past about you that you don't evenwamt to remember..how would you feel also? Especially this is broadcasting means world wide, would you be humiliated? Put yourself into someone's shoes then you will know. seriously,even you, yourself would care about your own reputation and they're like idols so their reputation is everything to them.

unity456
unity456

This article neglects to mention that at 4:10 (top clip) Han Seung-yeon whispers "girls, let's get out of here... (you guys) are too much." This was by far the most controversial part in Korea at least. That was SO rude.

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They dont choose what shows they go on and what do you think would happen if the members just refused to go on a show? Nothing good. Hara did try and keep her composure for a while but they persisted even when she was angry. Also they clearly said that other people have cried on here so why is it such a terrible thing that Hara and JiYoung did? So do we hate everyone who cried on the show or just Hara because she publicly dated one boy?

valeriesalazar
valeriesalazar

kyuhyns like seriously we shouldn't have even brought them here hahaha

pohyoke
pohyoke

Nicole has worst things thrown in her face , about her looks, her voice etc..often even when she was with the rest of Kara group and she always handle them well. If you look at the flow of the conversation and the MC's faces it was almost 'natural' that they were cornering  Hara a bit, but surely not enough for her to do that and really spoil the atmosphere. Guess after that it's quite easy for another girl to cry. Their agency should train them before letting them go on variety shows of this kind. You would not go on Oprah show if you are not prepared for her questions either.

08trip08
08trip08

you should learn from SNSD, they're try so hard to face all the 'hard questions' together on Radio Star

Crisis Gal
Crisis Gal

Crying and thowing tantrums on tv broadcast when you obviously know that is a dissing show. You can't have the best of everything. If you want to be famous and on tv, get ready to have your personal life dissected. Can't take it? Then quit!

Neney28payao
Neney28payao

geez, this is Radio Star! and the Mc's are always like that to other guest! if you are a "sensitive idol" then don't appear on the show! 

Marcela Perez
Marcela Perez

and what! She was emotional. It's not a sin or something like that...

suriji
suriji

I don't get Jiyoung's reason. She does aegyo in Japan but was too embarrassed to show it here? *rolleyes*

Hara, I kinda get why she got emotional. No one wants to be implied that well, she's had (many) relationships which would/could mean she's easy. But she should have expected that kind of question esp coming from , at least MC Gura who's known for saying whatever he likes about celebs whether they're harsh or not.

topracer01
topracer01

for a second, while reading the article, i thought that maybe the mc's were a little harsh or pushy, but after reading everything and watching it, its pretty clear the girls are just being way too sensitive. since goo hara was scared of radio star, she should have prepped more alternative answers to the sensitive questions. that way she could still answer them and not be flustered. and ji young, well that was just ridiculous. there was really no reason to cry over that. she could have flashed some cutesy pose really quick, even if it wasn't that good, so that they could move on to something else. since they said that its been awhile since they've been on a korean variety show, i think it would have been better to go to a more friendlier show, like happy together or something. to get their feet wet again so to speak.

bbobbo*
bbobbo*

don't love them or hate them, but it was just weird. They were like spoiled little divas.

appl4
appl4

I didn't see any fault on the mc as this program has been known for their "harsh"comment in joking manners. everybody know it! and expected for it!

it's a variety show~~ just that the girls are not prepared for it! kyuhyun is her senior I think it's not appropriate for the hara to behave that way! especially in the korea society ! did u notice the shocking face of the rest of the mc when hara did that!

if they are not prepared going on the show like that then don't go! i'm really disappointed with the girls ! maybe they are being put to the top position for so long they started to turn diva!

oh jiyong if u are not cute we wouldn't have notice you at all!! it's really a disrespect that she said something like that to the mc ! and crying because of that!

piggybunni
piggybunni

I totally understand the situation that jiyoung and hara are in. It is neither the Mcs fault nor the girls. They are mature but they can still be sensitive. Hara doesnt want to talk about her past, so why cant the Mcs shutup about it? Of course someone would cry if you keep forcing the subject on them, same thing with Jiyoung, you cant force her to show you aegeyo. She could feel uncomfortable doing it. Sure she did it before willingly on another show, but maybe somebody made a rude remark after that and she didnt want to do it again. There are things that people dont want to share because they are hurting inside. As for the MCs, they could just move on another subject, or attack on of the guys sitting there.

Misholikhatun Dn
Misholikhatun Dn

They should know that Radio Star contain Evil King and Evil Prince.

toomuchsmiling
toomuchsmiling

seriously.... normally i'd say they should be more mature and grow up b/c they were throwing joking tantrums beforehand, but I can say at LEAST say like the article says  "the guests should have expected these sort of questions to come up"

this program is KNOWN for their "harsh" (*rolls eyes here*) MCs so if they know they themselves are sensitive girls, it's their fault in the first place that they agreed 2go on the show when they could've gotten on a more "kinder" program. seriously.... and that 2nd girl- netizens are right, she agreed 2 act cute w/ yoo jae suk but here she doesn't wanna do it....for once, i'm with some netizens. this is a big joke.

Erika Su
Erika Su

you can't say something like that. someday or sometimes you can feel easly to cry..

Rosmawatti Shamsudin
Rosmawatti Shamsudin

Yeap...my English really crazy... Just can say, Kara in pressure...get to much bad criticism from netizen...and I think they new album not get to much attention at there...can make more stress...to them too...

Kate Donahue
Kate Donahue

It's not a big deal that they cry! Everyone cries at some point in their life, and you can't judge other people's situations like that.. It's rude and calling them childish is just making yourself childish..

Ernie K. Hang
Ernie K. Hang

i dont understand what u said in english -__-

Ernie K. Hang
Ernie K. Hang

yes. Haha i didnt know why jiyoung cried even before kyuhyun asked something! Haha

Michelle van der Wal
Michelle van der Wal

Crying over being forced to do aegyo. That's pretty much the lamest excuse I've ever heard x]

Rosmawatti Shamsudin
Rosmawatti Shamsudin

Sometimes, I feel sorry at Kara...at Korea, in past they always be compare with snsd but lately they far behind snsd and look some other group past them...at Japan, they most popular Korea girl group but lately snsd just behind them... I believes, they must feel pressure especially at Korea...the netizen sometimes too rush...they contract also be end next year...when people think snsd will renew with sm... Kara still in blur situation...they must think much take effect they action... Kara fans, they need you support...

supermichel
supermichel

At first the show seems tough on Kara but after watching it, KARA really shown an immature side of them.
Let's be realistic for a few seconds, any of us could have done better than them given the simplicity of the question and the millions of possible answers to them. I suppose they were not really in the mood but it's still disappointing, eh?

This episode in itself isn't "that" entertaining, we can however see that the post-production has made wonders to make the episode "not too unconfortable" to viewers. I especially applaud Kim Gura for handling those difficult situations instead of being totally unable to react like the rest of the MCs. 

Making people cry on Korean talk shows or variety shows has always been ok, but having nothing worth of broadcasting is a major problem... KARA future schedules may be at risk there, it's rather concerning if they don't pull themselves together quickly.

Amberr Amberr
Amberr Amberr

they r just two young girls and they r sensitive, not really mature..!

daqkpop
daqkpop

It seems to be a consensus on this site that Kara is childish or an embarrassment...blah blah blah...and I also gave my 2 cents worth of opinion over at AllKpop. Well I love how people like to swoop in like vultures and take pieces out of people when they make a perceived misstep.  This whole situation is way overblown.  Keep on Keeping on Kara.

Becky Lee
Becky Lee

We never know what happened the night before, hrs before, minute before so we can't tell what the girls had in their head...I hope fans understand that...it's their Korea comeback since a long time...I feel bad that this had to happened...all the pressure they must had felt from their company n fans

suthas
suthas

heck!! like i mentioned in my posting on the other website.....Allkpop...these girls are an embarrassment to most women who are strong mentally. if they are in the public's eyes, this is what you will get. if these girls are not able to handle being in the public's eye, than dont come on these shows and sit there and try an act cute!!! what freaking idiots!!

chloe1220
chloe1220

To me the MC's are just going through their script... Yes they have added personal comments to make it funnie. But the general topic were scripted and if the gals are not prepare to be throw in with the sharks maybe they should pick a more fluffy show to go on. Knowing everything is a joke for a few laughs, no need to cry T_T u gals been in show biz for all these yrs, ya crying over sth u were forced to answer and play cute with... Come on. Show some professionalism, u were more willing in ur early debut yrs. u cant blame ppl for thinking u gals are way over urself.

MC's just doing their jobs like every eps.

Kara's managers should prep their artists more or select easier show for them when their artist refuses or not ready for talk show.

Andrew Livermore
Andrew Livermore

I'm a Kamilia but this was just quite possibly the worst thing they could of done.. their popularity is waning in Korea and acting this childish is only going to exacerbate netizens hating on you.

wgdorks
wgdorks

maybe...it was that time of month? lol

pretyme494
pretyme494

@jiebrick They're harsh but if you come to think of it, they actually make sense. :)

Spader Fang
Spader Fang

@suthas What the hell is wrong with you ? You think you can fare better ? Step into their shoes and think , not everything revolves around you , stop being naive and give retarded comments like these. You think they are an embarrassment ? You are embarrassing yourself here , typical sterotypes like you are the reason why fanwars always starts -_-

jiebrick
jiebrick

@pretyme494 they are always harsh ya they shouldnt go to radio star to promote their korean activity lol

suthas
suthas

@spader fong....ttrolling much!! 

pretyme494
pretyme494

@jiebrick I agree but if you want people to talk about you and to make a stir then you should go there. hahaha