I haven’t been keeping up with general entertainment news as much these past weeks, focusing more on dramas and movies, so it comes as a major surprise to me to read in many mainstream Chinese newspapers that Tao (Huang Zi Tao) has left EXO. Really? That would mark the third consecutive Chinese member to leave EXO in the last year, with Kris (Wu Yi Fan) doing it first followed by Luhan. Apparently Tao was in China this weekend for a birthday party celebration with his Chinese fans, along with doing promotions for his supporting role in upcoming C-movie You Are My Sunshine, and with this event the Chinese papers are declaring it Tao’s first appearance since leaving EXO. I haven’t read in the K-news that he’s confirmed to have actually left EXO so this whole thing confuses the heck out of me. If he has left EXO then the whole process of departures from the group feels like an extended episode of Survivor, except members actually quitting on their own rather than getting cut. It’ll be a bummer for EXO to go down yet another member to 9, but then again I always thought 12 was way too many.