After it was announced yesterday that Song Jihyo and Kim Jongkook were leaving Running Man, it seems there’s a twist to the story – the pair didn’t even have a say in the decision. In fact, the actress only found out about her departure from the show through media reports.
Her agency said, “We found out about SBS’s restructuring of Running Man two weeks ago. However, it’s true that we didn’t know which members were leaving until the articles came out.”
According to news reports, Jongkook knew about his termination earlier – on December 12.
While SBS announced that the new format will see the addition of Kang Hodong to the team, it was revealed today that the variety show host has declined the offer.
SM C&C, Kang Hodong’s agency, released a statement to confirm that they had indeed received SBS’s offer and had accepted it after much consideration. They added, “We don’t know the details of the situation, but we don’t want Kang Hodong’s appearance on the show to inconvenience the viewers. As such, it is with regret that we decline this offer.”
With two members down and no addition of new members, we’re wondering how Season 2 of the show will be like.
Running Man airs every Friday night at 11pm on ONE. ONE is available on Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823.