You Hee-yeol to leave music program “Sketchbook”

You Hee-yeol, the mc of the talk show and music live show “Sketchbook”, decided to leave the program.

On July 18, Yoo Hee-yeol announced his official statement on the suspicion of plagiarism and KBS 2TV’s “You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook” through his agency Antenna.

About the suspicion of plagiarism Yoo Hee-yeol said, “There is a part that is difficult to agree with the allegations of plagiarism. Many of the suspicions that come up may be their own views and interpretations, but they are difficult for me to accept. However, I will look at myself more strictly so that this kind of controversy does not arise again.”

About “You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook”, he announced, “It will end with the 600th episode. I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to many people who have supported me for 13 years and 3 months. Thank you so much to the production crew and the staffs for working hard until the end. To minimize the damage to the program and the production team, we are going to proceed with the final filming until this week. I will do my best to keep the rest of my responsibilities from causing any further damage.”

And the production team said, “‘You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook’ will be aired until July 22, then it will be stopped.”

Earlier, You Hee-yeol was embroiled in allegations of plagiarism about the songs “A Very Private Night”, “Happy Birthday To You” and “Please Don’t Go My Girl”. The similarities between “A Very Private Night” and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Aqua” were acknowledged, he apologized for it but said “difficult to agree” with the additional songs that were suspected.