Lee Hwi Jae, for whom this was his fourth year hosting the SBS Drama Awards, made a public apology on his Instagram.
He said, “Hello, this is Lee Hwi Jae. I’m not sure how to start.. First, everything is my fault, and there are no excuses. I’m very very sorry. I’ve already apologized to Sung Dong Il.”
Lee Hwi Jae also mentioned IU and Jo Jung Suk in his apology; during the award ceremony, he had said to IU and Lee Joon Gi, who had played a couple in “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo,” “There’s something suspicious in the air,” and during the end of Jo Jung Suk’s acceptance speech for the top excellence award, he interrupted the actor and pointedly cleared his throat several times, hinting that Jo Jung Suk should say something to his girlfriend, Gummy.
Lee Hwi Jae said in his apology, “To IU, Jo Jung Suk, and any actors or viewers who may have felt discomfort at what I said, I sincerely apologize. I apologize for everything that happened as a result of my own ambition [to do better]. In the future, I promise to be careful and work harder toward solid hosting. Once again, I apologize.”