SEOUL, South Korea — A 29-year-old female contestant on the SBS TV show ‘Jjak’ was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide, the latest scandal to plague local broadcasters who are known to apply a huge amount of stress on its stars and show contestants.
The woman, described as an ordinary office worker surnamed Jeon, was found with a hairdryer cord tied around her neck in the bathroom of a B&B by local police in Seogwipo, Jeju after she had been reported missing according to the Korea Times. She left a suicide note apologizing to her parents and saying that life was ‘too tough’.
Jeon had been a contestant on ‘Jjak’, a blind-date reality show which puts 10 men and women together in order to find love. The show is filmed on Jeju Island, and had begun broadcasting February 27th.
Korean netizens flooded the shows bulletin board, blaming producers of the show for excessive stress due to shooting schedules and ‘by choosing contestants who have superior backgrounds and good looks.’
SBS released a statement saying: ‘We apologize once again, and will do our best to prevent similar cases from ever happening again.’