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Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook confirmed to leave 'Running Man'

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Song Ji Hyo and Kim Joong Kook are officially leaving 'Running Man'.


On December 13, insiders revealed that a new season is in the discussion for next year with a new member, Kang Ho Dong, joining, and current members, Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook, leaving the show. 


SEE ALSO: 'Running Man' reportedly setting up a blind date for Kim Jong Kook


Song Ji Hyo's label MY Company confirmed the reports, and announced, "Song Ji Hyo is leaving 'Running Man'. There was a long discussion with the producers as it was overwhelming for her to handle both acting promotions and a variety show. She plans to focus on her acting career after leaving 'Running Man'. The date of her departure is currently in adjustment."


Kim Jong Kook's label Maroo Entertainment also announced, "Kim Jong Kook decided to leave 'Running Man'. The exact date of departure is not yet confirmed."


As a result, Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook are officially leaving 'Running Man' following Gary

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    JIAJIALIANGTEH12 Friday, December 16, 2016

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    Erepyon Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Hmm... I can understand that many fans were upset that Running Man will not be with the original 7 members again (no disrespect for Joongki and Lizzy). It won't feel the same, cause RM is like a family, and it just doesn't feel right. But, we also have to se. The ratings were not that good for Running Man. People can comment anything in social media, in forum, whatever... But, in the end, rating is the one that matters. Their international popularity might be still strong, but what's the use of it if the rating in Korea itself is low. TV program depends of rating to make it survive. So maybe this is a way for the show to "refresh" themself, to make the rating up again. Something must be done if the show wants to survive. But, whether this is the right or wrong way to achieve that, I don't know.

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    Idooot Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Nothing last forever

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    _infirestae Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    i've watched running man starting from 6 years ago, before i got into kpop and k culture. i will really miss them and shed the tears of a fangirl like me. like when gary left.

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    AK_Yoon _infirestae Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    me too. I watched the first ep, when they met at the rooftop. UGH MY HEART

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    Humanoids Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    it's ridiculous how the international fans are reacting... Ok, SBS didn't warned KJK and SJH in advance, but we all knew the ratings.. the last one with Twice was 6.2% worse than a new MBC programm Secretly Greatly 6.8% ! International people tend to forget that this is a Korean program for Koreans audience ! The Happy Sunday varitey programm is very important, and when you compare Running Man ~6% to 1N2D ~17% You must be retard if you don't see anything wrong here... And Just 1 week ago, I saw how many people keep complainning about how KJK and SJH suck during TWICE pair segment.. So Stop being hypocrit, and deluded.

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    SoshiSeoul Humanoids Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    We aren't over reacting. If they really wanted to boost their ratings, adding Kang Ho Dong isn't a good choice. They should've properly held a meeting with the members to discuss the future of the show, but the new PD decided to do what he thought was best. He didn't consider the feelings of the long time viewers who appreciated members such as KJK and SJH. I honestly enjoy spartace in the show, the only person I would've wanted out was JSJ. I really do not understand why they kept him and kicked out the two members who actually try in the show.

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    Humanoids SoshiSeoul Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    I think the episode with TWICE was decisive. There is a pair with SJH and KJK segment, and you see they weren't even talking.. I mean hello, this is a variety show !!

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    mary1 Humanoids Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    I don't think we watched the same episode then, I remember them talking clearly and in fact their segment is the most memorable one in the whole episode

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    Humanoids mary1 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    lol yeah right

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    Humanoids mary1 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    what a great memory... LOL

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    abthurd Humanoids Thursday, December 15, 2016

    DUH why the heck do you think they didn't talk a lot? Because of the guests. RM gain a lot of support internationally. They should have at least consider this. Why the hell would they did a lot of international fan meeting as RM person. Did you see that with other variety show? Uh no. We're not deluded at all. We're simply asking, if they want to end the family of 7 years do it properly. Don't do it like this. This people have spent 7 friggin years loyal to RM. Their image as a RM member comes first before a singer or an actress. The pd/co-pd doing this simply ruin every chance that RM could get to be saved. To us, the deal breaker is how they end it. RM means so much more than a variety show for a lot of fans internationally. This is why, it is a big deal. From my experience, international audiences are almost always more sensible than koreans audience. You know it is legit shit if international audiences start speaking up like this. Tell me one variety show that got this kind of feedback. That's right. None so far.

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    Humanoids abthurd Thursday, December 15, 2016

    I am an international fan also, but I think the Korean audience is really important ! in April 2016 the show went to 4% ratings.. it's probably the worse ratings of Sunday variety show in history ! so what do you want to do ? I just don't get it...

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    abthurd Humanoids Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Like I said, for people who have been following running man for years, since Song Joong Ki era, we know one day it is going to end. The issue here is not about not having Gary, KJK or SJH anymore. It is about how they reveal the departure. It's like KJK and SJH contribute so little to RM to be treated like that. Do a proper tribute. A proper final episode. And then when KHD rejected the offer after the news about SJH and KJK being blind sided like were revealed they started to write an apology or whatnot. I'm not supporting at all if KJK and SJH coming back to RM after all this shitstorm. They deserve better.

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    zarie Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    OMG I LOVE KANG HO DONG!! he was the first comedian i watched back then in 2005 !!! SO COOL but i am so heartbroken again bcuz of jihyo and jongkook.. :'(

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    KobeiSon Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    What if Kim Jong Kook become a new member of #2days&1night ?

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    abthurd KobeiSon Friday, December 16, 2016

    awh snap! It will be so lit. Cha Tae Hyun and him are close friends. It couldn't get any better.

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    KobeiSon abthurd Friday, December 16, 2016

    It could work out beside the show needs a 6th member for 2 days and 1 night and Kim Jong Kook as A healthy diet person in the show.

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    abthurd KobeiSon Friday, December 16, 2016

    ikr. But I think he really wants to focus in his singing career now. But I'm all in if he'll be one of the members in 2D 1N

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    ruthysaechao Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Kang Ho Dong? I find him loud and obnoxious, but if that's who they want to replace Miss Mong and Sparta with, whateva. *hair flip*

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    aysh95 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Tbh if they knew that some of them are going to leave one buy one they should have just ended the show nicely and beautyfull with a farewell of the current cast (including gary)... it sucks to see that they're just leaving and the producers start a second season immediatly :/ I mean they could have waited for the second season to give the fans some time and also to have an bigger impact but I heard they'll already start in January -.-

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    aysh95 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    wow I just read some comments saying that the two were KICKED OUT !? wtf ? If that's true ... I don't know what to do but I'm going to hate these producers for sure ! And probably they're going to loose a huge part of the RM fanbase...

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    reena14 aysh95 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    yea apparently thats what happened .. THey knew there were going to be changes but not cast changes and the PDs pulled jongkook aside and told him basically he was done. and allegedly jihyo didn't find out until it was already being reported in the media ... but they ended on good terms so they say

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    MissBBLover Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    i know the show will end when gary left its another nightmare same as FO why change the members

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