Yup, it has happened. The inevitable has arrived.
“Running Man” has recorded their 1st episode without Gary as a permanent cast member, which marks the beginning of the 1st major change to the TV show in 6 years. The producing team of the SBS variety show also posted several photos of the occasion on Instagram for fans.
The first photo shows the 6 members dressed in white long-sleeved t-shirts while talking amongst each other. It was posted with the caption, “They are filming the 1st shoot without Gary in Seoul. The 6 ‘Running Man’ members will go on a ‘deficiency travel’ after sending off Gary. RM Ep.325 on Nov. 13 at 6:30pm KST on #SBS.”
And just 1 hour ago, another photo of the current cast members was posted. This time, Kwang Soo, Haha, Jong Kook, Suk Jin, and Jae Suk can be seen teaming up with South Korean actress Hwang Woo Seul Hye, while the guests – made up of the members of boy group Sech Kies – are on a team with Ji Hyo.
The episode has been dubbed the “steamed rice stealer race”, and the members are currently filming in Incheon, Gyeonggi-do for the episode.
As if to send a message out there, former cast member Gary also uploaded a photo of himself hard at work in his studio. It was followed by a simple message, “Sleepy”, and seemed to reassure fans that he’s still the same ol’ Gary.
This is not the 1st time that the program has undergone a change in cast members. While not as major as Gary’s departure (who was there for a total of 324 episodes), previous changes include the addition of After School’s Lizzy for 8 episodes and the departure of actor Song Joong Ki in episode 41.
Gary’s last episode on “Running Man” was screened on 6th November and you can watch it with English subtitles here.
Episode 325 will be broadcasted on 13th November (Sunday) at 5:30pm Malaysian time while episode 326 will be played at the same time on the following week.