Running Man in Hot Water with Ill-conceived Twitter Campaign to Pressure Yoon Eun Hye to Guest

The bad publicity keeps dogging SBS recently and I can’t help but feel it’s primarily self-inflicted by the bad decisions made by the network. There’s the desperate effort to revive audience interest in the flagging prime time drama Hyde, Jekyll, Me, and now even the popular SBS variety show Running Man is in hot waters due to an unfortunately thought out Twitter campaign. RM cast member Kim Jong Kook was on chat show Healing Camp this week and candidly discussed his camaraderie and chemistry with former X-Men cast mate Yoon Eun Hye.

Kim Jong Kook teasingly admitted to about wanting Yoon Eun Hye to guest on RM one of these days as he really enjoyed working with her on variety.ย That led to the producers of RM to publicly launch an official Twitter campaign pushing Yoon Eun Hye to guest on RM and asking followers to retweet the request to start a groundswell. That led quickly to backlash since, duh, the whole thing pretty much reeks of pressuring Yoon Eun Hye to do the show by making it public and getting fans involved. So much fail, RM, so much fail.

The only silver lining in this epic fail was that RM quickly got its act together and pulled the campaign once it realized that publicly encouraging fans to twitter bomb Yoon Eun Hye to do the show was a baaaaad idea. Kim Jong Kook took it a step further and reportedly called Yoon Eun Hye personally to profusely apologize for putting her in the public eye under such pressure to do RM, all thanks to his discussion of her in Healing Camp. Yoon Eun Hye’s agency confirmed the call and explained that Yoon Eun Hye doesn’t feel Kim Jong Kook did anything wrong that he needed to apologize to her for, and she actually felt bad that he felt bad and apologized. Awww, these two are still so cool and chum with each other. I don’t think Kim Jong Kook did anything wrong at all either, talking about hoping Yoon Eun Hye would guest on RM is totally fine. Who knew the producers of RM would basically pull a “publicly propose to a girl” type maneuver that predictably backfired. No one likes being publicly asked to do decide something that should be given the consideration of a private and personal decision.


Running Man in Hot Water with Ill-conceived Twitter Campaign to Pressure Yoon Eun Hye to Guest — 11 Comments

  1. I watched the Healing Camp special, he never said he wanted her to come on Running Man.He was pretty much said that he had good memories with YEH. Media exaggerated reports because Korea’s ideal variety couple was them. People should respect their privacy when they might be dating someone else.Also they only gave him four choices for a ideal type, the obvious choice he had to pick was YEH.SBS took advantage of this interview and placed this tweet, pressuring YEH to come on when she clearly said she won’t bc the episode will be focused on KJK-YEH interaction. SBS has been doing so bad with ratings. Like really bad they have no good variety other than Running Man and Roommate known. So obviously if YEH guested on they’d hit daebak with ratings. If you want to know more just read loveable one man’s blog on twitter. There’s no reason any of then should apologize especially considering KJK had no idea SBS was doing this and KJK is the type to apologize over anything bc he’s super nice.He probably thinks its his fault but it’s all SBS’s fault.I’m sorry I just got so heated up over this. No one should apologize but SBS.

      • That is really true. He has picked her for years. They do suit each other but it seems like nothings happening. But also if he suddenly picks someone new, people will make another scandal about it like on RM with MGY. I love YEH and KJK all the way but I don’t think people should pressure YEH like that.

      • Yoon Eun-hye has also done the same before and picked him in ideal type world cups as well so it really was nothing new.

  2. Hey koala…just wanted to ask…why aren’t you watching Heart To Heart? The show is getting good reviews and it stars your favorite chun Jung Myung…

  3. Boo SBS, Boo. Go to the corner….
    Also, I am getting annoyed now when we hear KJK and YEH tried to be linked so badly. They did Healing Camp a loooooooong time ago, and people are still try to pair them. it is maybe time for KJK to up his game and get married. he can start by having my number. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Honestly, I’m tired to see this kind of news. Eun Hye absolutely doesn’t want to join Running Man. The exact reason, only she knows. People should move on. Maybe they were close but nothing confirmed that they dated before. Delulu fans sometimes just…

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