Following the September 27 episode of JTBC’s “Let’s Eat Dinner Together,” Bang Hyun Young PD (producing director) commented about BTS’s Jin and Jungkook’s appearance on the show.
The members joined MCs Lee Kyung Kyu and Kang Ho Dong as they looked for families to eat dinner with in Samseongdong, Seoul. Jin and Lee Kyung Kyu luckily found a family including some BTS fans to eat dinner with. Unfortunately, Jungkook and Kang Ho Dong were unsuccessful and did not get to eat dinner during the broadcast.
Bang Hyun Young PD spoke with Star News and said, “Lee Kyung Kyu was extremely happy that BTS had appeared because he had been wanting to see them. They’re very young and since Lee Kyung Kyu and Kang Ho Dong are around their fathers’ ages, the chemistry was really good.” The PD also revealed that Jin in particular received love from Lee Kyung Kyu thanks to his dad jokes and charm.
The PD continued, “Jungkook failed by a narrow margin. We joked that BTS went and said, ‘The door is bulletproof.’ However, other idols [on the show] weren’t recognized even by their group name. Even though we went to an area where many elderly people live, a lot of peoples’ kids like BTS so they knew them and were welcoming of them.”
Bang Hyun Young PD further stated, “Everyone worked really hard and well, but there are parts that you can’t succeed at with recognition of BTS alone. It was a Sunday and when something works other things don’t at times. That’s the charm and difficulty of this type of unpredictability.”
He explained, “In order to eat dinner a lot of factors have to work out. They have to not have eaten yet, have food prepared, and permission from all family members. Since all of these factors have to work out it’s really amazing timing [when it does work out].
Ban Hyun Young PD concluded, “Since these factors didn’t work out, Kang Ho Dong and Jungkook had to go to a convenience store. We haven’t had to go to a convenience store often recently, so it was a blow to Kang Ho Dong’s mental state. It was regrettable because he wanted to eat with Jungkook. However, he tried to communicate and chat with Jungkook at the convenience store.”