It’s hard to believe it, but after 7 glorious years, it’s finally time to say goodbye.
SBS has announced that “Running Man”, one of the channel’s most popular variety show, will be ending its run in February 2017.
The decision comes after the members of the show met for an emergency meeting, which was made due to Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo’s abrupt departure from the show.
Their official statement reads:
“Running Man members and producers gathered together in Seoul today for an emergency meeting and overcame their misunderstandings and miscommunication.
After deep and lengthy discussion both sides decided to end the show at the end of February 2017.
However, they decided that they did not want to end the show on such a sad note so therefore decided to have all 6 members, Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Haha, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook.”
Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo also released new statements explaining that they will be coming back for the remainder of the episodes. They said, “To show the strength of friendship that was built over 7 years and thinking of the fans who supported Running Man for such a long time I think we have to show them the best finale possible.”
Previously, it was reported that Kang Ho Dong would be joining the show for a 2nd season. However, plans fell through after it was revealed that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were told to leave without given proper notice.
It has been a good 7 years, “Running Man”! We’ve had countless good memories together with the members and guests, and we wish the best of luck to the cast and staff members :)