In response to the fans' backlash, a rep for the agency states that it 'was a playful gesture' telling Ji Hoon to sit next to Woo Jin.
In a response, a rep for the entertainment label told MK Sports, "The person who was pulling Park Ji Hoon's hair in the clip is Park Woo Jin. He says it was a playful gesture telling him to sit next to him." The rep added, "Among the Wanna One members, Park Woo Jin and Park Ji Hoon are particularly close. The two are startled as their playful act has led to a controversy. It seems aggressive in the clip but it wasn't in reality. I hope there aren't many understanding."
Someone has uploaded this video on Weibo on how Jihoon’s hair is being pulled this morning.— Boooooooooooo (@bowie410410) 15 Januari 2018
No matter who that is, that’s too much.
Proper explanation please. Don’t let Jihoon stands out and say he is fine. That’s bullshit#워너원 #WANNAONE #parkjihoon #พัคจีฮุน #박지훈 pic.twitter.com/Xy5XL71hG8
In related news, Ji Hoon has recently been voted as the 1999-born celebrity that people are looking forward to the most in 2018. The runner up of "Produce 101" season 2 claimed a staggering 55.9 percent of the total votes.
Trailing behind the Wanna One member were TWICE's members Tzuyu and Chaeyeong, who took the second and the third place respectively in the vote. Woo Jin, on the other hand, took the fourth spot after receiving 9.3 percent of the total votes. Other stars who made it to the top 10 included Red Velvet's Yeri, NCT's Mark and rapper Young B.
Ji Hoon and Woo Jin, along with the rest of Wanna One members, will be taking the stage at "Music Bank" world tour at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile on March 23. The group, who recently won Best New Artist Award at the 2018 Golden Disc Awards, joins other performers such as CNBLUE and VIXX. Park Bo Gum will be returning as the host.