Update: JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong Steps Down From Further Appearances Following False Announcement Of COVID-19 Diagnosis On April Fool’s Day
Updated April 2 KST:
In the wake of Kim Jaejoong’s false announcement of a diagnosis of COVID-19 on April Fool’s Day, more changes have been made to his upcoming appearance schedule.
Kim Jaejoong was scheduled to appear on TV Asahi’s “Music Station” on April 3. It was announced on April 2 via his official Japanese website that “due to various personal circumstances, he has postponed his appearance.”
He has also stepped down from his planned April 5 appearance on the NHK music show “The Covers.”
There are currently discussions underway regarding his Korean solo reality show “Travel Buddies,” which follows his travels in Argentina and premiered on January 31. A representative from the Lifetime show stated on April 2, “We are in discussion regarding the halting of the TV broadcast.”
The director’s cut version of the final episode of “Travel Buddies” was uploaded as a pre-release on the Lifetime YouTube channel on April 2 at 9 p.m. KST as planned. The episode was scheduled to air on the television network on April 4, but its broadcast is now under discussion.
As he faces heavy criticism over falsely announcing a diagnosis of COVID-19 on April Fool’s Day, a Japanese radio show appearance by JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong was canceled that day.
On April 1, Kim Jaejoong posted on Instagram to say that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He later edited his post to clarify that this was not true. He went on to write an apology letter over his action, stating that his post had been intended to raise awareness about the issue.
Kim Jaejoong has been promoting his newly released single in Japan. He was scheduled to appear on NHK Radio’s “Furuya Masayuki’s PopA” radio show on April 1 as a regular DJ, however the show updated their official website to state, “Jaejoong had been scheduled to appear, but due to personal circumstances there will be different content on the show today.”
Kim Jaejoong is also scheduled to appear on Japanese shows including TV Asahi’s “Music Station,” NHK’s “Tamaki Koji Show,” and NHK’s “The Covers.”