South Korean variety show Running Man will end in February next year and keep its cast of six to the last, reports said.
The fate of the six-year-old show, which is more popular overseas than it is at home, was decided after an emergency meeting on Dec 16, said websites such as Koreaboo and Apple Daily.
Show producer Lee Hwan Jin said in a statement: “Running Man members and producers gathered together in Seoul today for an emergency meeting and overcame their misunderstandings and miscommunications. After deep and lengthy discussion both sides decided to end the show at the end of February 2017.”
The stars and the producers “did not want to end the show on such a sad note”, and they decided not to break up the cast of six.
The decision came after SBS’s reported plan to reboot the show next year. The cast lost a member last month when rapper Gary left to focus on music.
On Dec 14, after Song and Kim confirmed their departures, SBS said host Kang Ho Dong would join the show in January, reported Yonhap News Agency.
But on Dec 15, Kang changed his mind, after it emerged that Song’s agency had found out about her departure from the news.
The producers apologised to Song and Kim in a statement. They said “unexpected news reports about the overhaul” were published before they could communicate with the cast.
Running Man premiered in South Korea on July 11, 2010 and is one of the longest-running variety shows on Korean television. – Asia News Network/Straits Times, Singapore