Kang Ho Dong stayed with “One Night Two Days” season one until its end, even if it was off-screen.
The final episode aired on the 26th on KBS 2TV’s Happy Sunday program. At the end of the “1N2D” corner directed by Na Young Suk, Kang Ho Dong sent the members heartfelt text messages.
Text messages sent to Lee Soo Geun, Uhm Tae Woong, Eun Ji Won, Lee Seung Gi, and Kim Jong Min read “Good job with all your hard work.” These messages were sent in encouragement to his ‘dong-saengs’ [younger siblings] in thanks for all their hard work these past five years.
He also expressed his sorrow and apologies for his abrupt retirement last September and failing to be the good ‘older brother’ with them until the end.
Kang Ho Dong’s final words were “Thank you and I’m sorry.”
Officials reported that Kang Ho Dong and “1N2D” members exchanged text messages reminiscing about the good old days on the show.
One member, upon receiving the text message, said, “I was on the verge of tears after reading Kang Ho Dong’s text message. Even though he had to leave the show, he was a true ‘big brother’ and we continued to feel his presence always.”
Another member revealed, “It’s too bad he couldn’t remain on the show until the end. All of us feel the same way. Kang Ho Dong is the one who raised “1N2D” into what it is now. He is also the one who made us the proud “1N2D” members that we are today. His absence was greatly felt during the recording and airing of the show.”
Another member who joined halfway through the season adds, “‘1N2D’ is a program that really does bring the members closer together. No matter when a member has joined the team, Kang Ho Dong was always the ‘big brother’ and a friend, taking care of all of us. You can’t help but get teary-eyed when receiving such a text message from someone like Kang Ho Dong.”
“1N2D” season two will return on March 4 with Choi Jae Hyung PD in charge. Lee Seung Gi and Eun Ji Won will not be returning to the show, however, Lee Soo Geun, Uhm Tae Woong, and Kim Jong Min will still be around. New additions include Kim Seung Woo, Cha Tae Hyun, Joo Won, and Sung Shi Kyung.