Earlier today, we reported that Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo would be leaving Running Man. The reason for the change was that Running Man would be coming back with a new style and format in 2017.
In the original articles released, it seemed that both Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were both involved in the decision for them to leave. Kim Jong Kook has his solo activities and group activities with Turbo which he would concentrate on. Song Ji Hyo did not give reasons for leaving, although some media assumed it was due to her busy acting schedule.
Now, reports are being made that the two were caught off-guard when they were asked to leave the show. Song Ji Hyo did not even know she was being removed from the show until after media reported on it.
Song Ji Hyo’s agency revealed in a statement:
There is a definite road she needed to walk as an actress and considered leaving the show so it [seemed] natural to leave the show during the season-change. However, it is true there was a lack of active communication from the production crew in the steps leading up to Song Ji Hyo leaving the show. There is a lot of regret emotionally but as it is the production’s decision, we will humbly accept it.”
Kim Jong Kook’s agency revealed:
Daily Sports also looked into this incident and found out the following:
Song Ji Hyo was only alerted that she would no longer be part of Running Man the night the reports came out. Kim Jong Kook was told there may be some changes to the show 3 weeks before the report was released, but was also not updated since then.
Kang Gary has deleted all his photos off Instagram just a few hours after it was announced Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook would be leaving Running Man.
It was first reported that Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook would be leaving Running Man on December 14th. Shortly afterwards, Gary deleted all the photos on his Instagram. No reasons were given and there have been no statements by his agency.
However, it now seems that it might be connected to the breaking news that Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook were removed from Running Man without being given advance notice. In a report by Koreaboo, we revealed that Song Ji Hyo was only informed she would be removed from the show after media began reporting on it.
Gary has also unfollowed everyone on his Instagram account, previously following a total of 145 people. He also had 88 photos uploaded to his account prior to the purge. His last few posts were videos that were uploaded about 5 days ago.
While it may turn out that Gary deleting his Instagram is purely a coincidence, it definitely makes sense Gary is extremely upset at this slight towards his friends. Gary was a long-time cast member of Running Man and is extremely close to both Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook.
His friendship and on-screen relationship with Song Ji Hyo is especially worth noting. The two have been very close to each other with rumors of them dating popping up multiple times throughout their friendship.
Source: koreaboo (2), kang_gary8888, MyDaily, 10Asia, Newsen
A MESS! Not sure how much true there is about Gary deleting everything from instagram because of this, but I don't doubt he must be mad about how they treated their friends