Popular Korean boy band SS501′s leader Kim Hyun Joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show “Family Outing”, according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.

A representative at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim Hyun Joong did receive the offer, he had decided not to take up the show due to his work schedules and other issues.

Producers of “Family Outing” was reported that they asked other idol group members — including Yoona (of Girls’ Generation), Daesung (Big Bang) and Taecyeon (2PM) to be regulars on the new season. However, their companies have all replied that nothing has been decided or set yet.

“Family Outing” was one of the most popular variety shows in Korea since its premiere in June 2008. With many Korean celebrities regularly appearing on the show, “Family Outing” had hit viewership ratings of over 30 percent.

However, the “reality-based” variety show sparked controversy last year when one of the scripts was leaked on the Internet. Fans became outraged when they found that the show was pre-scripted and ratings for the show had been declining ever since.

The entire cast from the first season of “Family Outing”, including the show’s host Yoo Jae Seok and singer Lee Hyori, were set to leave the show after shooting the final episode next week.

With the second season scheduled to air around late February or early March, members of the new cast is expected to be confirmed later this month.

Source From: Asiae