Sad, sad day for Teen Top fans ㅠㅠ
According to AKP: The friction started last year in October of 2016, where he met with T.O.P Media about renewing his contract. He had decided to leave TEEN TOP and stand by himself, and the label apparently put limits on his solo promotions.
The label did not interact diligently with the producers. Even though he was repeatedly contacted to appear after being offered a salary that fit his role, acting experience, and recognition, the label did not make any negotiations on his appearance. For a drama 'A' who contacted L.Joe first because they wanted to cast him, the label asked for a salary 7 times his previous, and the offer fell through.