Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook are being supported by other Running Man cast members. This is amid news that SBS has cancelled the show following bad publicity about their departures.
It was announced earlier this month that the former mainstays will leave the variety program. As per initial reports, the ?mutual decision? was influenced by their individual plans and hectic schedules.
Song Ji Hyo, Kim Jong Kook reps speak up
However, word got out that the two were not even duly informed by showrunners about being removed. They allegedly only found out that they were no longer part of Running Man?s cast right before media reported it.
Reps of Song Ji Hyo said they were caught off-guard over news that the actress ?would not be invited back? on set. ?It was not a good farewell,? her spokesperson said.
The agency of Jung Kook specified that they were only updated by show personnel last December 12.
Running Man cancelled
Soon after these details were exposed, fans were shocked with news that Running Man will be cancelled.
Rumors were rife that show execs were just planning to reformat the show. There have also been numerous speculations about possible new hosts. Among the names that were thrown around were Song Joong Ki, Park Bo Gum, and Kim Yoo Jung.
There was reportedly an emergency meeting by those from Running Man and SBS last December 16. It was confirmed later that day that the program will be ending in 2017.
Support from Kang Gary, cast, and fans
Fans online are speculating that the cancellation was influenced by how Ji Hyo and Jong Kook were rudely removed.
Amid the issues, ex-mainstay Kang Gary made a rare Instagram post to support his former co-stars. He left the program back in October, reportedly to focus on his musical career.
He shared an Instagram photo of himself and the two controversial ex-hosts while on Running Man?s set.
?You have worked very, very hard, thank you,? he said about the two ousted stars.
Other mainstays Lee Kwang Soo, Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, and Haha have been mum about the developments. However, fans pointed out that it is possible for them to have quit the show due to recent negative publicity ?
?That?s why they decided to just end the show rather than continue with the other four plus new hosts,? a fan commented in Soompi?s report.
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