Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo stated that they will be joining the show again for the end of the show.
SBS has officially announced the end of “Running Man“ at the end of February 2017.
The main producer of the show Lee Hwan Jin made a statement after the initial wave of reports on the end of the show was published.
“At the end of the emergency meeting today, we decided to end the show in the coming February. All of the members got together and worked out all misunderstandings. We sincerely apologized to Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo who were wounded deeply by this. They took into consideration the friendship we had built and forgave us. We thank them for that. Their loyalty towards the staff and members is outstanding. They said they could not end things this way because of the fans and stated they would come back.”
The producers stated that there is no special reason for the month of February having been chosen as the end of the show.
[★BREAKING] Running Man officially confirms show will shut down https://t.co/wKqjYK3HGq
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Previously, the producers of Running Man had stated that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo had left the show in preparation for their second season.
However, the truth was later discovered that the two artists had been forced out of the show unfairly. This drove viewers and fans to rage which caused the producers to make an official apology towards the two artists.
Running Man x Kim Jong Kook & Song Ji Hyo Controversy