Song Ji Hyo And Kim Jong Kook Were Kicked Out From Running Man?

December 15, 2016 , 0 Comments

If you are the fans of the Korean variety show, Running Man, this news will shock you. Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were announced to be leaving Running Man earlier today. The reason for the change was that Running Man would be coming back with a new style and format in 2017.

Now, reports are being made that the two were forced out of the show without any advance notice. Song Ji Hyo did not even know she was being removed from the show until after the media reported on it.

Song Ji Hyo’s agency revealed in a statement:

    “We knew Running Man would go through changes from SBS but it is true that we only found out from news reports which members would not be invited back. We do not want to comment on Song Ji Hyo’s feelings but it is not our official stance that it was not a good farewell.

    There is a definite road she needed to walk as an actress and considered leaving the show so it [seemed] natural to leave the show during the season-change. However, it is true there was a lack of active communication from the production crew in the steps leading up to Song Ji Hyo leaving the show. There is a lot of regret emotionally but as it is the production’s decision, we will humbly accept

Kim Jong Kook’s agency revealed:

    “It is true that we were told about Kim Jong Kook leaving the show one-sidedly. It is regrettable. Even though Kim Jongkook was not in the best health condition, it was a program he really cared for and took part in.”

Daily Sports found out the following:

    “2 weeks ago there was talks of a change in formatting and the co-producer visited the set to mention it again. There was still no talks of member changes back then. However, on December 12th they called in Kim Jong Kook to tell him he was out. Song Ji Hyo only found out today after reports came out. It’s true everyone knew that a change was in order due to the fact that the ratings were going low but this type of good bye doesn’t only hurt the producers it wounds the artists as well.“

Song Ji Hyo was only alerted that she would no longer be part of Running Man the night the reports came out. Kim Jong Kook was told there may be some changes to the show 3 weeks before the report was released, but was also not updated since then.

Kang Gary has deleted all his photos off Instagram just a few hours after it was announced Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook would be leaving Running Man. Gary deleted all the photos on his Instagram. No reasons were given and there have been no statements by his agency.


The producers of SBS “Running Man” issued an official statement with regards to the controversial departure of Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo on the afternoon of December 15th:

  “The producers of ‘Runningman’ would like to state our official stance on the current controversy surrounding the change of members on the show. The producers of the show have been working on a formatting change with the launch of season 2 during January of 2017. During this process, there were a lot of shortcomings in the way of communication. The unintended news reports ended up hurting the feelings of Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo who have been with us for 7 years and is like family. We would like to sincerely apologize for this to the two individuals.

    We apologize to the viewers who have loved Runningman for 7 long years as well.

    Once Again, we would like to apologize to Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo for not being more considerate of them, and also apologize to the members for the confusion this has caused.”


SBS officially announced that Running Man will shut down permanently in February 2017.

Are you going to watch Running Man after Kang Gary, Ji Hyo and Jong Kook is no longer appears in Running Man?

I don't care..


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