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In a move that has shocked fans to the core, music show Inkigayo has banned Big Bang from all future episodes after members T.O.P and G-Dragon failed to complete a recent taping.
The controversial decision was made by producers at the SBS program after the two members left a recording session on May 24 before the show had actually wrapped.
On May 24, all five Big Bang members performed and filmed a performance of their their single "Loser", which also won the number 1 spot in the same episode. But when it came to recording the award presentation and winners' speech segment at the end of the show, G-Dragon, 26, and T.O.P, 27, had already left due to prior commitments.
During an acceptance speech Taeyang, Seungri, Daesung apologised for the full band not being present, even explaining that the paid had pair had to film scenes for a music video, which YG Entertainment have since reconfirmed to IdolWow!.
But the reason did not satisfy Inkigayo producers, who found the absences disrespectful and an inconvenience, leading to their decision to suspend the group from future appearances on the show.
In an exclusive statement to IdolWow!, an SBS spokesman explains, "It is with regret that I can confirm that Big Bang have no future filming schedules with Inkigayo. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to fans of the show."
Some fans have speculated that G-D and T.O.P didn't stay for the number 1 announcement due to a possible unfair situation with the show's voting process. For the previous week's episode, Big Bang did not appear on any fan voting options until 40 hours after the process begun (and with a one vote per person rule, it was difficult to make up for lost time). The win ended up going to SHINee.
But an Inkigayo rep later explained that there was no problem with the voting system and the group had had a fair chance of winning.
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It's unknown whether producers will reverse their decision on the band's ban. But with the show's' close relationship with YG Entertainment, it's unlikely it will span further than Big Bang's current run of promotions for singles "Bang Bang Bang" and "We Like 2 Party".
A YG sources assures that the company is doing everything it can to reserve the problem. Says the insider, "We are doing everything we can to resolve the situation with Big Bang's two single releases in July." Finger's crossed.
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