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‘Running Man’ producers release public statement on Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo’s departure in the show

By Dianne Sencil / 2016.12.16
Cast members of variety show 'Running Man' 2016 during the 'Running Man Live In Taiwan'.

South Korean variety show “Running Man” producers have recently released their official statement regarding the departure of program hosts Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo.

The producers admitted that there had been a miscommunication between them, Kim and Song, as well as the other members during the process of reorganization. Furthermore, they also extended their apologies to the two stars as well as their supporters.

“During this process, reports of the reorganization involving Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo unexpectedly made the news when we didn't fully communicate with the 'Running Man' members. We ended up hurting Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo, who were like family for the past 7 years. For that, we sincerely apologize to them,” a part of the statement reads as quoted by All KPop.

“The 'Running Man' producers also feel ashamed in front of the viewers, who've loved 'Running Man' for so long. We once again sincerely apologize for not being more deeply considerate of Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo. We also apologize to the rest of the 'Running Man' members, who must've been confused," they added.

Following the controversies concerning the show and the hosts, a representative from the program has revealed that the misunderstandings have been cleared up already, All KPop reports. However, along with this update is the bad news that the show will be ending at the end of February next year.

“Running Man” is considered as one of the most longest-running variety programs in the history South Korean entertainment industry. The show was first aired on the television screens on July 2010. Hallyu stars Yoo Jae Suk, Haha, Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwangoo, Kim Jong Kook, and Song Ji Hyo are currently the main casts of the show.

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