Following the announcement that “Running Man” will keep going with the current six members, it was revealed that Kim Jong Kook played a big role in bringing the show back to life.
When “Running Man” was confirmed to come to an end, Kim Jong Kook was the first person SBS Entertainment’s Director Nam Seung Yong went to in order to apologize and talk. After careful consideration, Kim Jong Kook accepted the director’s request to stay with the show. The two of them visited the other members, asking if they would stay on the show as well, and they all agreed.
A source from “Running Man” explained, “Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were hurt by this incident, but despite that, they made this big decision for their fans all over the world.”
“Running Man” will continue shooting on Mondays and Tuesdays as always. Excluding Gary, who left the show before the issue began, the original members Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Song Ji Hyo, and Lee Kwang Soo will continue to star in the show with a weekly guest. There is a spot available for a new member, but it will not be Kang Ho Dong, despite the previous rumors.