4:26 pm - 02/24/2018

Jung Hyung-don and Defconn Officially Stepping Down from ‘Weekly Idol’ MC Positions

Jung Hyung-don and Defconn are officially stepping down from their MC Positions of ‘Weekly Idol’, which they have been hosting for 7 years. On February 22nd, a source said “Jung Hyung-don and Defconn are leaving MBC Every1’s show ‘Weekly Idol’ after their last shooting on March 7th”.

The two have been hosting the show since July, 2011. Although the show didn’t get much recognition during the beginning, Jung and Defconn’s perfect harmony with a lot of idols has led the show become popular. And at some point, the show has become a “mandatory” show for many idols to appear on. All of the top idols have been on the show, including Big Bang, BoA, Girls’ Generation, BTS, Super Junior, EXO, and IU.

It’s especially a special show for Jung Hyung-don. In December, 2015, Jung had to take a break because of his health problems. Defconn and a special MC led the show until March, 2016, when Kim Hee-chul and Hani hosted the show as temporary MCs. In October that year, Jung Hyung-don came back and has been hosting the show since then.

Yet, both Jung and Defconn will step down from their MC positions, and the program may also change to a seasonal show. There is nothing specific decided in terms of the show’s format or next MCs.

sources: KPopLove via isplus
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spainawards2008 25th-Feb-2018 12:34 am (UTC)
This makes me sad.
I live for my favourites being on Weekly Idol
revedesnuages 25th-Feb-2018 12:53 am (UTC)
They've had some fun episodes, but I've always thought Jung Hyung-don and Defconn were a little overly touchy with idol groups and some of them looked visibly uncomfortable.

In keeping with the rhyming names and also since they have previous experience, I hope Sunny and Hani are the next MCs.
ironicmustache 25th-Feb-2018 01:33 am (UTC)
end of an era.

infinite should be the last guests. if not them, then it better at least be btob or apink.
a0kigahara 25th-Feb-2018 02:15 am (UTC)
and nothing of value was lost. bye, perverts
rainstormraider 25th-Feb-2018 03:35 am (UTC)

They should just make Hani host it. Heechul isn’t necessary either.
babyjenkski 25th-Feb-2018 02:20 am (UTC)
Watched almost all episodes since the start. I think some hates it but I really enjoyed watching this show. I got introduced to lots of group through WI coz they don't just invite the popular ones but even those who are pretty new. I read that even the PD's leaving so I guess its gonna be a totally new show replacing it.
theonlysolution 25th-Feb-2018 02:27 am (UTC)
Eunhyuk the variety show killer struck again

I'm not particularly torn up about this or anything, seven years is a pretty long time. If anything I'm surprised they stuck around for so long. Though I do hope the show is able to stick around since it's pretty much the only show nugus can appear on besides After School Club.
thebloomroom 25th-Feb-2018 02:53 am (UTC)
lmao OMG
queenhinata 25th-Feb-2018 02:31 am (UTC)
rip last great idol show (that wasn't a group's own show)
petecarl 25th-Feb-2018 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm sad about this b/c it was the first thing I would watch whenever I was getting into an idol group. I definitely share some of the criticisms people have of Doni and Coni, but without Weekly Idol, where are we gonna watch our faves as a group? Unless they have their own shows or go on Knowing Bros, there's not much is there? I like some of the stuff groups do for Arirang's youtube channel, and there's ASC, but that's not a very good show for getting to know an idol's personality, since most are way too awkward cause of all the English.

It's just sad. The end of an era. I hope something rises out of this that gives a platform to idols and allows them to interact with other groups, because I'm tired of everybody sticking to their group dynamics and boring idol images. There are clearly some idols who'd be willing to throw their image away for variety, and I want there to be a platform for them.

Variety is my favorite thing about kpop b/c it's something that we don't really have in the US.
msgrottesca 25th-Feb-2018 08:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, Weekly Idol honestly became pretty much the only idol variety I ever watch lol. ASC's format drives me insane and triggers my anxiety (the live translating and live fans and eugh it just puts me on edge, so many things could go wrong lol)

I get why some ppl think Doni Coni are too much - I couldn't watch girl group episodes at all because they're vile. But other shows play it TOO safe and just ask the same dumb questions over and over and nothing funny ever happens because it's just bland PR shit like "do aegyo" and "talk about your favorite foods"... and they're usually still pervy with girl groups so it's boring AND problematic lol plus yeah, you usually only get to see one or two members at a time instead of a whole group guesting.

Variety is so much my fave thing about kpop, I usually end up stanning the variety member of the group lol this is really depressing to me, there just aren't any good idol shows these days! Weekly Idol was the only one that made any effort to disguise how scripted it was.
sra_interesante 25th-Feb-2018 03:15 am (UTC)
tbh i cant imagine this show going on without them ....

it was one of the few (if not the only) show that give a chance to nugus and small companies idols

Edited at 2018-02-25 03:18 am (UTC)
iksagor 25th-Feb-2018 03:22 am (UTC)
I personally don't think that they were such good hosts to the point that I miss them, but now that they are gone, I know the show will go bye-bye and they probably won't have good enough rating to support any more guests. That being said, the guests made the show. It really sucks because I liked the games they did, like the sped up dancing, as well as the food games. All of it was pretty good in terms of a fun show, especially that white backdrop.
h0ly_ravioli 25th-Feb-2018 08:49 am (UTC)
Good riddance

I hope they'll be replaced by someone less gross who won't make girls bend over just to measure how flexible they are
msgrottesca 25th-Feb-2018 08:53 am (UTC)
Good luck w/ that cuz pm every variety show is vile as fuck when girl group members guest, unfortunately lol I find myself getting pissed off no matter what show it is. Female idols are treated like show ponies.
yuujinchous 25th-Feb-2018 09:32 am (UTC)
sad because exo went on weekly idol only once in 2013 and ever since then, the mcs have been wanting them to appear at least one more time but somehow it never happened. i blame sm. also sad because got7's weekly idol episodes are legendary, especially the one where the punishment for making mistakes during random play dance was getting their pre-debut videos exposed lmao
daynr 25th-Feb-2018 10:42 am (UTC)
gathyou 25th-Feb-2018 10:28 am (UTC)
Most are suspecting that this has to do with FNC buying the company who produces Weekly Idol.
Seven years is a reaaally long time and, while the hosts had really good moments, sometimes it's good to change. Even for them. I think the moment Doni had to step down to focus on his health proved that other hosts could do just as well. I hope they make special episodes with Infinite, APink and BtoB for their last shows!

I really hope Weekly Idol or something similar will go on, it's such a great set up to discover new groups, and for the groups to be entertaining in a different way than most variety shows. But please let's pick hosts that aren't as creepy with the girls. DoniConi has been less creepy in the last episodes I've seen but uh there were some really uncomfortable moments.

My favourite pick would be Sunny + someone who's not exactly an idol so that one of the hosts can play clueless.
myungung 25th-Feb-2018 11:49 am (UTC)
yes to Apink and BtoB, I love their WI episodes! (I don't follow Infinite so I'm not too sure about their episodes, but I guess EXID could be added in too since Doni and Coni love EXID too)
daynr 25th-Feb-2018 10:44 am (UTC)
I hope they try to replace it, because I like watching the groups do variety as a whole. It's half of what makes kpop fun for me. And I love when there are several groups on at once, and they have to interact. And I will miss GOT7 episodes ... they seemed to get Jinyoung to crack his idol facade a few times -- I was hoping they would achieve some Jinyoung strippage at some point! Or how EXO would be now that they're less controlled.
myungung 25th-Feb-2018 11:52 am (UTC)
they truly love Jinyoung, almost every WI episode with GOT7 features a small section dedicated to Jinyoung (the name change and Dream High reenactment ones come to mind)
chenetic 25th-Feb-2018 10:55 am (UTC)
I think the show should just end. It was great to learn about smaller groups but without these guys, it'll be kind of lackluster. An idea is to start afresh with a new show, same kind of idea for nugus but not with the name
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