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Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo's labels confirm they were blind-sided by 'Running Man' producers

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Following news of Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo's official leave from 'Running Man', both stars' agencies have confirmed they were blind-sided by the hit variety show's producers.

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Though the actress' agency MY Company and the singer's label Maroo Entertainment did not allude to the fact that they were essentially forced out of the show in previous reports, they've now confirmed neither were given a proper notice. On December 14, reports revealed, "Two weeks ago, there were talks of a format change, and a co-producer visited the filming set to announce it again. There were no talks of member changes at the time. On December 12, they had a meeting with Kim Jong Kook to tell him he was off the show. Song Ji Hyo only found out after the news made headlines. Everyone did know a change would happen as the ratings were dropping, but this type of farewell not only hurts the producers but the featured stars as well."

Song Ji Hyo's agency stated, "We knew 'Running Man' would undergo format changes from SBS, but it's true we found out from news reports which members would not return. We won't comment on Song Ji Hyo's feelings on the matter." Kim Jong Kook's label also commented, "It's true he was told he was leaving with no decision about the matter. It's disappointing. He featured in the show despite his health issues because he cared about it so much."

On the new reports, producers of  SBS' 'Running Man' said, "We can't confirm anything related to their leave."

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    vkdtran Sunday, December 18, 2016

    What if Gary got kicked out?!

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    JIAJIALIANGTEH12 Friday, December 16, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    xoexobts Friday, December 16, 2016

    Honestly, I didn't expect a miracle to happen and for Running Man to continue forever but the saddest fact about this article is that one line saying how KJK featured on the show despite his health issues BECAUSE HE CARED ABOUT THE SHOW. They can't just kick him out without caring about how he or the other members feel either. Also, to not even inform SJH about her leaving is just disgraceful. It's bad to just kick them out when in reality they did nothing wrong, but to not inform them or negotiate? That's even worse. Also, the producers (and co) should realise that it's not the members that are dragging the show down, but rather the missions and guests. If they want to get higher ratings (honestly, at this point almost seems impossible) then they should get better producers with a creative mind and be patient. To destroy the family of RM through their selfish actions (through the use of the excuse "for the better of the show") will just make it worse. RM family interactions are seriously what most, if not, all secretly look for during the show. Not only will the international fanbase cease to exist but the ratings will not look too bright either. Well, that's the end of my rant, feel free to comment your opinion on this rant or just your opinion about this matter in general :))

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    Suppezhang xoexobts Friday, December 16, 2016

    now my suggestion is : fire the crew, re-new the RM crew,,, that maybe will cool down the fans,,,, believe me,,, whatever show you are making now, no one will watch,,,, because the main problem is the Producers,,, so you make RM season 3 season 4, Walking Man season 1 season 2, or Flying Man season 10, crawling baby season 1.... trust me no one will watch,,, if the main problem is Producer,,, then let's get things solved from the root,,, fire the producer, re-hire the new one,, renew the member cast,,, renew everything,,, this will probably cool down the fans,,, and yes,, Probably or Maybe,,, not Exactly,,, good luck ,,,

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    jypnloves Thursday, December 15, 2016

    what a ...???so they were kicked out and these producers pretend they quit themselves...they even removed without a notice ??wtf??feel like sbs trying to tear up one happy family at once...gonna kill those PDs..

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    vkdtran jypnloves Sunday, December 18, 2016

    exactly! What if the PDs or the ppl who are in charge of the fires were the ones who got kicked out?!Why do that to these incredible stars? So freakin unfair.

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    IGOTBUDDIES Thursday, December 15, 2016

    i told ya'll... there's something wrong somewhere. It's ridiculous for the members to keep leaving so suddenly. Every one knows how much each member loves running man. They said that they started together & they're gonna end it together.

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    _Jarhon Thursday, December 15, 2016

    "We can't confirm anything.." aahahhahahahha Now they're trying to desperately backpeddle this whole mess they created. With Kang Hodong refusing and entire fanbase hating them, I'm sure they're desperately begging KJK and SJH to rejoin them and pretend like this never happened. ..... Only other option is to let RM die.

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    Ritzim Thursday, December 15, 2016

    What the hell is this true if they leave show is going to close soon

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    kizaru_hijin Thursday, December 15, 2016

    but no, the retarded delulus still dont get it, how its the idiot pds fault that everything went down, now hes even looking for some scapegoats to make himself look better and blame others for his stupidity. this case doesnt even matter, they would have left either way with that idiot pd, just like gary did and more will follow, while the stupid pd will keep on doing the same shit and favor jaesuk and make everyone else look bad...usually other celebrities would storming sbs to get a fixed member position but not anymore, since its just a sinking ship and rm with that pd wont get anywhere anymore. soon there will be a season 2 with completely new members, but lets hope the bosses know the problem and will kick this idiot pd out, or it wont change anything.

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    Humanoids kizaru_hijin Thursday, December 15, 2016

    the ratings was bad even with the original PD, it started to go down mid 2013 ! Then the PDs left to china to make a chinese version of the show ("run brother" or something like that). but since the drop of viewers around may,2013 (with the original PDs) the show has never recover ! and with the changes of PDs it got worse, and the Running Man members didn't help either as they looks more and more confortable, they don't make as much effort in the game as before. They had struggle to make the views to up, but it got worse and worse. The members of Running Man should make more effort in the game !

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    Humanoids kizaru_hijin Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Drop of ratings started in mid 2013, changes of PDs was in 2014 !

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    Humanoids Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Drop of ratings, coincide with the arrival of new season 3 of 1N2D.

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    kizaru_hijin Humanoids Thursday, December 15, 2016

    its not about the members, they cant do anything about it, its the stupid pd, who wanted to completely change running man and take everything out that made it famous in the first place. you can change the whole cast and make it like before and it will go up, it has nothing to do with the members, sure we started to like them, but as the ratings prove it, like in every show with some famous ppl but not a very good concept, it doesnt have good ratings. its just the new pd and the one before, who ruined everything now with doing something new, which is just plain stupid.

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    Maximus_KPOP Thursday, December 15, 2016

    running man , sadly, will loose so many Viewers,,,,, maybe banned soon?

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    Joon113 Thursday, December 15, 2016

    So not cool man!!!!

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