Say it isn’t so! Lee Kwang Soo (이광수) is officially leaving “Running Man” after 11 years with the show.
In a statement shared by the actor’s home label, King Kong by Starship, Kwang Soo’s last shoot will be held on 24th May.
The entertainment agency shared:
“After becoming involved in his car accident last year, Lee Kwang Soo has received regular physical therapy. Despite the ongoing treatment, there were times when he felt that it was difficult to maintain his top physical condition while filming ‘Running Man’.
As a result, Lee Kwang Soo held lengthy conversations with the production staff, crew, his fellow cast members, as well as the agency. They ultimately came to the conclusion that he needed time to recuperate, both physically and mentally.
The decision has not been easy to make, as Kwang Soo remained a part of this close-knit, family-like team for the past 11 years. He, however, knows that he needs this time to focus on healing — so that he can return to the screens in a better state when the time comes.
We sincerely thank all of the viewers for the love they showed Lee Kwang Soo on ‘Running Man’. And Kwangsoo also promised to come back again with a brighter and healthier image.”
The “Tazza” actor is currently trending on Twitter, with many loyal fans of the popular variety show leaving various reactions to the sudden news about his exit. One commentator wrote, “‘Running Man’ isn’t ‘Running Man’ without Lee Kwang Soo. I can’t imagine how the show will be later without their betrayal and unlucky icon. I love him so much! Please don’t leave and just go on a hiatus instead.”
Thank you Lee Kwang Soo for being with running man for 11 years you really did well. we’ll definitely miss you ❤️😭 I hope you recover soon oppa we love you 💪🏼❤️😘 pic.twitter.com/DgkW4qupfr
— kc✨ (@sjhkjk08) April 27, 2021
Honestly, Kwangsoo is one of the members that I thought the last one that would leave Running Man 🥺
It's just so sudden 😭 pic.twitter.com/G3nzGykHz5
— kim🍀 (@songjihyo_stan) April 27, 2021
Running Man isn't Running Man without Lee Kwang Soo! First Gary and now Kwang Soo? I'm not ready yet for another goodbye 😭 I can't imagine how will RM will be later without their betrayal and unlucky icon 😭 I love him so much! Please don't leave and just went hiatus 😭 pic.twitter.com/qSpTaypdGa
— wafa 🌙 | HoneyFish 🐠🐝 (@honeyyeastsea) April 27, 2021
It was really a sad news for the fans but I couldn't imagine how hard it is for Kwang Soo to make this decision as he spent his 11 loyal years with running man and it is quite evident how he really loves rm. But his health comes first above anything and I totally respect it 😭🤧 pic.twitter.com/IRERbfmba1
— 조절⁺⁺ (@hileori) April 27, 2021
Back in February 2020, Lee Kwang Soo was involved in a car accident and as a result, he suffered fractures in his right ankle. Still, he took part in filming for the programme with a pair of crutches for several weeks.
This is so devastating. We will truly miss Lee Kwang Soo’s hilarious antics in “Running Man”!