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On January 24, SBS officially announced, "To respond to the disappointment of fans at the prospect of 'Running Man' ending, both in Korea and overseas, SBS and the 6 members of 'Running Man' have decided to continue the show with the current cast. SBS variety director Nam Seung Yong, who first led the creation of 'Running Man' back in 2010, sat down with each of the members since the beginning of the year for some honest talk. During these discussions, he apologized to the members regarding the controversies that arose with 'Running Man's plans for revamp, and the 6 members have come to an agreement to continue with the program."
Director Nam Seung Yong also said, "I thank the 'Running Man' members for making a decision which must have been difficult to make, and we will do our best to greet viewers who have loved 'Running Man' for the last 7 years, both in Korea and overseas, with even more entertaining 'Running Man'."