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So we recently watched as Gary left 'Running Man', and many other things have been happening behind the scenes. For instance, viewer ratings have been dropping, leading to producers to make cast changes.
These changes just so happen to be removing Jong Kook and Ji Hyo from the show. The actor's agencies have already made statements, explaining many things to us.
Ji Hyo's agency, MY Company, has said "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." But that's just part of it.
Jong Kook, as stated through his agency Maroo Entertainment, apparently had a meeting with a co-producer when they stopped by the set. And a few weeks later, Jong Kook was told he was off the show, and Ji Hyo wasn't told until it made headlines. Both actors weren't given proper notification according to their agencies, and both were emotionally impacted.
Both actors are rumored to be filming their last episode on December 19, and in the new year producers will begin to change the show to be something completely different from what it is now. Whatever they do, we'll just have to hope they will lead it in a more entertaining direction.
Until we have any news from either actor, we just have to sit on our hands and hope they're doing ok! For now, though, we can think about the new cast member! Kang Ho Dong will be joining, which has caused mixed reactions. He has a unique brand of comedy to his name, and many are worried it could harm the show rather than improve it.

What are y'all's emotions? Leave us a comment!

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they got rid of my faves kinda heart broken because I've seen every episode and watched them for a couple years 😢💔
getting rid of all the favorite people is going to lead to lower rating. I don't think the show will last very long after those two leave. Jihyo is the reason I watch the show.
I watch it for the whole cast but my 2 favorites are Kwang Soo and Jungkook.
It's going to hurt the show. The 2 leaving are my favorites on the show. Without Tiger, I don't know if I will continue watching.
Same. Gary was my favorite. With him gone and now these two leaving, I just can't see how the show will make it.
This makes me really sad. idk how long they will be able to continue - unless they do something amazing with the show, I have a feeling it is on its way out. I think the cast changes are going to hurt rather than help the show. 😩
I get that they are wanting to focus on their solo careers rather than on solely the show, but I'm just scared that the viewer # is going to continue to decrease and it's not going to get a lot of ratings. I think Hodong would be a great addition to the show because he definitely has that energy that needs to be filled into the show. I honestly hope that the show improves, but if it doesn't, then it mind as well come to an end.
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Okay that's stupid!
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