Running Man will soon be losing two cast members, namely Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook. Because of this, many are wondering who could possibly replace them.
The two officially confirmed today that they will be leaving the popular SBS variety show.
The four remaining mainstays will be Lee Kwang Soo, Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, and Haha.
Reason for leaving
Reps of Ji Hyo explained that the actress has long been struggling with her schedule. According to them, she has been trying to balance Running Man and filming drama projects. This resulted to her finally choosing to focus on acting. However, her final date in Running Man was not revealed yet.
The agency of Kim Jong Kook also did not specify the singer?s final date on the show. However, some insiders claim that he will only be staying until next week.
Running Man revamp in 2017?
Last October, long-time Running Man cast member Gary bid the show farewell. He was a mainstay for six years.
As for the show?s remaining stars, only Kang Ho Dong has confirmed that he is discussing his tenure with showrunners.
The uncertainty surrounding the other cast members has raised speculations among fans. As per insiders, the show is supposedly planning to revamp starting January 2017.
Possible new cast
If rumors about the show?s reformatting are true, then it is possible to make drastic changes in the cast?s direction.
The previous hosts have been catering to an older audience. As such, it is possible for new faces to give the show a younger, fresher vibe.
If showrunners will decide to cast younger Hallyu stars, one of the more realistic prospects would be Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung. The two recently gained thousands of new fans for their hit K-drama Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.
Yoo Jung also recently guested in the variety-reality show 2 Days 1 Night, which has a fun vibe just like Running Man. During her appearance, the actress had an impromptu video call with Bo Gum. Even if the sequence was not scripted, they were able to carry their portion well.
Since spontaneity is needed in hosting a variety show, then the two will be fit for Running Man. Who else do you think can be tapped as new hosts? Let us know by commenting below and make sure to keep following TheBitBag for updates.