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It was announced yesterday that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were leaving popular Korean variety show Running Man.

However, new reports say that the two were forced to leave the show without any warning.

According to Koreaboo, Song did not even know that she was being removed from the show until after the media reported on it.

Kim on the other hand was told that there would be some changes to the show three weeks before the announcement was made but was not updated since then.

Apparently the reason for the change was that Running Man would be coming back with a new style and format in 2017.

Song Ji Hyo’s agency revealed in a statement:

“We knew Running Man would go through changes from SBS but it is true that we only found out from news reports which members would not be invited back. We do not want to comment on Song Ji Hyo’s feelings but it is not our official stance that it was not a good farewell.

There is a definite road she needed to walk as an actress and considered leaving the show so it [seemed] natural to leave the show during the season-change. However, it is true there was a lack of active communication from the production crew in the steps leading up to Song Ji Hyo leaving the show. There is a lot of regret emotionally but as it is the production’s decision, we will humbly accept it.”

Kim Jong Kook’s agency revealed:

“It is true that we were told about Kim Jong Kook leaving the show one-sidedly. It is regrettable. Even though Kim Jongkook was not in the best health condition, it was a program he really cared for and took part in.”


The original version of this story was published in Lollipop on December 15, 2016.

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