Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo Leave Running Man in Major Show Overhaul


All’s not well in Running Man land, and the ones to suffer the most from the fallout will likely be loyal fans of the long running popular variety show. K-ent is buzzing from 24-hours worth of show said/cast said news on the abrupt and shocking casting shakeup in RM. News broke first that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo would be leaving the show, and before fans could properly digest that shocker then came news that neither wanted to leave and were in fact fired by the production and forcibly pushed out to make way for a major overhaul to try and revive ratings. Both were told in recent days that the producers were considering changes to the structure but had no clue it would lead to their exit from the show. This would mark the third big exit from RM in 2016 alone, first was Gary and now his onscreen lady gal Ji Hyo and the show’s muscle man Kim Jong Kook. Word on the street is that the producers are looking to sign on veteran variety star Kang Ho Dong to join.


For those who watched Producers, this is totally straight out of the show’s look at the inner workings of variety, except played out for the public in real life as opposed to kept under the table.


Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo Leave Running Man in Major Show Overhaul — 11 Comments

  1. Off of topic , Hyuin bin and Kang Sora are dating ??? if it’s true another thing that i didn’t see coming after the leave of Song ji Hyo and KJK.

  2. I totally thought of Producers too! They also played dirty behind the scenes and it’s very interesting that something so similar happened in RL. That drama was a bit of an eye opener.

    Anyway back to topic, it’s so sad that KJK and SJH were just kicked out so unceremoniously like that. No respect for people who helped create the show for what it stands today. They forgot about how popular RM is overseas and that the dismal ratings is honestly due to the crappy concept and PD they’ve had in they past year. I’m not against revamping the show. RM really needs it. But this method is just terrible.

  3. Well Kang Ho Dong has decline the offer so now Running Man only have 4 members maybe as LKS may leave as well. After the show of disrespect toward the members who have gave their all to make the show to what has become, been so successful outside South Korea where SBS are making a lot of money due to broadcast of show episodes at other countries, sold out fan meetings etc. I think all members should quit and maybe pitch to another TV station maybe cable company another show where all members can reunite and become even more successful than they are not, that will be awesome like on your face SBS for mistreating a so well loved program and members.

  4. I only watch RM now if a star is on that I specifically want to see because quite often it is not that funny now. If they wanted to refresh the show, I understand but why not sit down and treat people with respect and just communicate. If they had handled this with grace, it might not have hurt the brand and wouldn’t have been such a burn for the two ousted. (This makes me wonder about Gary now.) People think it’s all business, but I’m sure it still hurts. I wouldn’t be one of the first replacements; it’s like a set up to be disliked.

  5. I am so devastated that my two fave RM casts are ousted from the showing. It is so frustrating that the SBS is undermining their awesomeness. They bring great show and amazing tactics to outwit the other members. The “Ace” and “Spartakooks” are being casted out so no more great tactics to be watched in RM. SBS fix this misery that you make. RM would not be as amazing without these two casts. Indeed, poor decision making from SBS.

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