After reports of the Running Man's original cast Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook will be leaving the show, there were more shocking reports stating that they were apparently "outed" without being informed.
In the original news, it was reported that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were involved in the decision to leave the show. Song Ji Hyo did not give reasons for leaving, but medias assumed it was because of her busy acting schedules, while Kim Jong Kook is preparing for his solo activities and a possible comeback with Turbo.
However, reports are now turning around stating that the two were unaware that they were asked to leave the show. According to Koreaboo, Song Ji Hyo had no idea she was being removed until after media reported on it.
Former member Kang Gary has also deleted all his photos and unfollowed everyone on his Instagram few hours after the news of Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook will be leaving Running Man spread. No reasons were given by Gary or his agency.
Kang Ho Dong, which was reportedly will be joining the show in the new season in January 2017, had declined the offer due to the controversy.
On December 15, the Running Man production team issued an apology to both of the celebrities:
“The producers of ‘Runningman’ would like to state our official stance on the current controversy surrounding the change of members on the show. The producers of the show have been working on a formatting change with the launch of season 2 during January of 2017. During this process, there were a lot of shortcomings in the way of communication. The unintended news reports ended up hurting the feelings of Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo who have been with us for 7 years and is like family. We would like to sincerely apologize for this to the two individuals.
We apologize to the viewers who have loved Runningman for 7 long years as well.
Once Again, we would like to apologize to Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo for not being more considerate of them, and also apologize to the members for the confusion this has caused.”
Will you still be watching the show after these controversies?