Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho deny reports of extravagant appearance fees
On Sunday, February 8, Chinese news outlet Guo Ji Zai Xian reported that Lee Min Ho and Kim Soo Hyun were the two highest-paid Hallyu stars in China, pulling in 844 million won for individual appearances on Chinese variety shows.
Both actors' agencies swiftly responded to the rumors, denying that the actors charged astronomical fees on a regular basis. Kim Soo Hyun's agency KeyEast said that they "never disclosed [Kim’s fee] to the outside. The report is not based on [facts] verified by the company.”
Lee Min Ho's agency, Starhaus Entertainment, offered a similar response, stating that they never disclosed the fees to Chinese media, adding that “There is no exact standard for fees. Not only does Lee not appear at many events, but [Lee’s] schedule has never been set based on the payment.” The representative continued, “It is true that unimaginably [high] fees are offered, but offers are accepted based on the quality of a particular event.”
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In addition to Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho, the initial news report listed Jeon Ji Hyun and Girls' Generation as the stars with the next-highest paychecks, at 730 million won and 562 million won, respectively. Yoona was the highest-paid individual member of Girls' Generation, pulling in 170 million won per appearance.
Based on these responses, it sounds like the report itself may be faulty, but it's not unlikely that these two massive stars are still the top two K-celebs in China. Do you think these high fees are excessive, or is it fair based on their popularity?