Update: IZ*ONE’s Comeback Postponed
Updated November 7 KST:
IZ*ONE has postponed their comeback as well as their comeback show broadcast.
On November 7, Mnet released the following statement:
Hello. This is Mnet.
We sincerely apologize for causing concern with our program.
Off The Record has decided to postpone the release of IZ*ONE’s first full album, which was scheduled for November 11, after carefully reviewing the opinions of viewers and fans.
We have also decided to postpone the broadcast of IZ*ONE’s comeback show “COMEBACK IZ*ONE BLOOM*IZ,” which was scheduled to air via Mnet, M2, and other digital channels on November 11 at 7 p.m. KST.
We once again apologize to fans and viewers who have been waiting eagerly for [IZ*ONE’s] promotions.
However, we earnestly ask [reporters] to refrain from making speculative reports about our artists and avoid creating innocent victims.
IZ*ONE’s comeback showcase has officially been cancelled.
On November 7, IZ*ONE’s agency, Off the Record Entertainment, stated in a press release, “We are letting you know that IZ*ONE’s showcase, which was planned for November 11, has been canceled. We ask for your understanding.”
The press release did not give any specific reason for the cancellation, but many media outlets are speculating that it is related to the recent arrest of “Produce 101” producing director Ahn Joon Young.
Ahn Joon Young worked on all four seasons of “Produce 101,” including “Produce 48,” through which IZ*ONE made their debut. SBS recently reported that Ahn Joon Young had admitted to manipulating the rankings of “Produce 48” and “Produce X 101” during police questioning.
IZ*ONE is scheduled to make a comeback with their first studio album, “BLOOM*IZ,” on November 11 at 6 p.m. KST. Although the showcase has been canceled, the release of the album and other promotional schedules are to continue as planned.