Kang Ho Dong, who was recently involved in a tax evasion controversy, has announced that he will temporary retire from the entertainment industry.
On September 9th, an emergency press conference was called at the Seoul Garden Hotel, where Kang Ho Dong stated, “I’m sorry for causing the public to worry. From this moment, I will temporary retire from the entertainment industry.”
Shedding tears, he continued, “I would like to sincerely apologize to the public for the recent tax scandal.” He then stood up and bowed deeply to the audience.
Kang Ho Dong stated, “I wrestled when I was young. When I was a professional wrestler, I even received the “man of great strength” title with the public’s support. After becoming an entertainer, I landed MC positions on many programs thanks to the high level of interest the public had in me. Without your love, I know that the Kang Ho Dong today would not exist. Knowing this, I have let down and disappointed you.”
“The tax problem is my fault for not thoroughly managing myself. I’m quite aware that the public’s hate for me right now is great. I’m a person who has a job as an entertainer. My duty is to give viewers laughter and happiness through the TV. In a situation like this, how can I shamelessly laugh and talk on TV?”
Kang Ho Dong continued, “From this moment on, I will be temporarily retiring from the entertainment business.”
“I will be taking this conference as an opportunity to tell my viewers that I will be tentatively retiring from the industry. I will discuss with the producers of the programs I am a part of to negotiate my leave without any losses suffered on their part.”
“After I retire, I will be reflecting on my actions and looking back on whether I was too assured of my high fame. I would like to apologize once again for causing a disturbance to society.”
Meanwhile, the Korean Taxpayers Union submitted a bill of indictment, accusing the National Tax Service for releasing personal information to the public. The Korean Taxpayers Union stated, “We have decided to report the National Tax Service for violating the ‘Personal Information Protection Law’ by releasing the information of a popular celebrity to the public.”
In regards to SBS "Strong Heart", Strong Heart PD Park Sang Hyuk has revealed in a conversation with Joynews24 that "Kang Ho Dong has finished his last "Strong Heart" recording on the 8th"
He Continued by saying that "We have already finished discussions with Kang Ho Dong, Kang Ho Dong first came to us to with his intentions and we discussed it in length together with the staff"
"Kang Ho Dong believes that this is the last method to show the viewers his sincerity, We respect his decision to leave"
The last episode of "Strong Heart" is expected to air at the end of September