On April 20, Song Joong Ki was spotted recording for a special episode of 'Running Brothers', which is the Chinese version of SBS's 'Running Man'. Following his hit drama 'Descendants of the Sun', many have been expecting his return on 'Running Man' as well as a guest appearance on 'Running Brothers'. However, Song Joong Ki has chosen to guest on 'Running Brothers' even before any news about returning as a guest on 'Running Man'.
Blossom Entertainment explained the reason as they stated, "'Running Brothers' have tried to cast Song Joong Ki for a very long time, and it was in discussion for awhile. Since Song Joong Ki has special relations to 'Running Man' and producer Im Hyung Taek, he decided to appear on the show."
However, the public claims a different reason. They accuse the actor, who quickly became a hallyu sensation following his hit drama, of attempting to continue riding the wave of his popularity over in China. Also, an appearance on 'Running Brothers' is financially more effective.
Netizens commented, "Obviously it's all about the money", "He's trying to soak up the popularity in China when its there", "Appearing on the Chinese show once is probably same as showing up on ten Korean shows", etc.
What do you think of Song Joong Ki's decision to appear on 'Running Brothers' before 'Running Man'?