Looks like another supposed couple has attracted the attention of the public as dating rumors of Oh Yeon-seo and her Oh Ja-Ryong is Coming co-star Lee Jang-woo have been rapidly spreading. At first, to get a quick response to the curious and pressing public, the company thoughtlessly confirmed the relationship, later correcting themselves in their official statement. In their amendment, the company suggested the couple was only in their starting phases, and it was much too soon to call them official yet the potential of them continuing was not out of the question.
However, just recently, their retracted their words again, confirming Lee Jang-woo and Oh Yeon-seo were not dating after finally consulting with her for confirmations. In general, celebrity dating rumors are serious business, as previous scandals can attest. However, this rumor is particularly damaging to Oh Yeon-seo, simply due to the small fact of her casting on the couple variety show We Got Married. Paired up with her virtual husband Lee Joon of MBLAQ, Yeon-seo is currently being heavily criticized for her lack of loyalty to the show, despite the recent statements dismissing their supposed relationship.
This was certainly a hectic problem for the producers of We Got Married, but the show has certainly has experience dealing with dating rumors and scandals.
The show has faced similar situations through previous participants Hwayobi and Jung Hyung-don. Her real-life relationship suggested a lack of commitment to the fake husband the show went out of their way to pair her up and feature her with, and a handful of viewers saw this as an unprofessional move.
Another notable example is Yoo In-na, who was originally scheduled to appear on the show. However, despite the negative reaction from the fans, We Got Married decided to keep Oh Yeon-seo on the show, giving relief to countless JoonSeo shippers but also arguably angering certain fans even more. At its core, We Got Married relies entirely on the couples it features and their inevitable interaction for entertainment. While most fans myself included find this response as excessive as these love lines are clearly only for entertainment, the whole goal of the show is to create the illusion that the supposed, predetermined couple could very well be a reality.
Multiple times has We Got Married created highly viable pairings or put their celebrities in highly believable situations that make it very hard to tell the difference between reality and variety, and this is honestly the whole joy of the show. And so with her dating scandal sending ripples down the entertainment scene, many hardcore fans are outraged by the mere possibility of an outside relationship as it hinders the credibility of the JoonSeo couple. And for hardcore viewers, this could potentially ruin the watching experience since the rumor would make interaction seem all the less genuine, sincere, or believable.
But certain incentives allowed Oh Yeon-seo to stay on the show even if her interaction with Joon may appear slightly awkward henceforth. For one, the rumor was confirmed as false. If the JoonSeo couple were to be abolished, We Got Married would lose one-third of this group, messing up the dynamics considerably. And lastly, the JoonSeo couple is undoubtedly very amusing to watch. Their shyness and timidity is a clear contrast to the bolder couples they star with, and their interaction is very endearing.