Running Man 2017 will allegedly be very different from what the SBS variety show has long been known for. Aside from the departures of cast members Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo, other hosts will also supposedly be replaced.
Based on fans? speculations all over the internet, it is possible for younger stars to headline the new format. Fans were surprised with news that Jong Kook and Ji Hyo are leaving Running Man?s cast. The date of their final appearances have not been finalized yet. ?
Ji Hyo, Jung Kook caught offguard?
Now, rumors are rife that the two were not properly informed of being removed from the show. Contrary to what some believed was a ?mutual decision,? the ex-hosts supposedly only found out right before media reports were released.
Ji Hyo?s reps admitted that the actress was caught off-guard about her removal from Running Man. ?We only found out from news reports which members would not be invited back,? a rep told said as per an SBS blog post.
Jung Kook?s agency detailed that they were only told about being pulled out of the cast last December 12.
?Not a good farewell?
Reps added that showrunners did open up to hosts about plans to reformat the program. SBS launched Running Man all the way in 2010, and some believe that certain changes are definitely needed.
However, the sudden decision to no longer be part of Running Man in 2017 altogether was a shocker for them.
?It was not a good farewell,? Ji Hyo?s agency revealed.
Younger stars in Running Man 2017?
There are still no confirmations about Lee Kwang Soo, Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, and Haha leaving the show.
However, there are already several reports that Running Man?s new format will possibly call for younger mainstays.
According to TheBitBag, among the possible new hosts include Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung. The spontaneity that they recently showed in the reality series 2 Days 1 Night makes them a fit for reality variety shows.
There were also rumors earlier this year that Song Joong Ki will return to the cast. He was previously a mainstay before becoming a global heartthrob with his hit K-drama Descendants of the Sun.
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