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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