Running man is a Korean reality variety show that is part of the SBS Good Sunday program. The show first aired on July 11, 2010. It is an unprecedented "urban action" show and the show focuses on the urban environment. Official members of the show and guests join the game and do quests to win each race. The show has changed a lot and focuses more on the games lying down to entertain viewers. This is the show with the return of Yoo Jae-suk after he left Good Sunday's Family Outing in February 2010.
Running Man aired at 5 p.m. (KST) in the early episodes and was moved to season 2 of Good Sunday (on May 22 and May 29 but quickly turned back due to low ratings), starting on May 6, 2012 after Kim Byung-man's Law of the Jungle 2 premiered at 6:10 pm KST to compete with 1 Night 2 Days Season 2 on KBS2's Happy Sunday and I Am A Singer 2 on Sunday Night of MBC. Currently, Running Man has reached the milestone of tens of millions of views across Asia as well as around the world. The current broadcast time frame is 17:00 KST (from January 6, 2019).
Running man soon became famous and had a great influence around the world, especially in Asia, the program became famous quickly through websites and had many fans and became a famous Korean program in Korea. Thanks to the fansub, the program has been translated into many languages such as English, Spanish, French, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Arabic, Portuguese and Brazilian ...
On November 19, 2014, the show's main director, PD Jo Hyo-jin, officially left the show after working together for 4 years.
In 2016, Running Man was voted domestically as the 3rd most popular program, after Infinity Challenge and Radio Star, and the ninth most popular show in the world according to the prestigious American electronic newspaper Business Insider. after hit American dramas like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, .....
At the end of 2016, SBS decided to keep only 4 members, Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-Jin, Lee Kwang-soo and Haha, and invited Kang Ho-dong to do the second Running season.
The press has reported that Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook will withdraw from the program. Then the representatives of the 2 members said that they did not know about this incident. Song Ji-hyo only knew that she was asked to leave the show when the news hit the press. This way of breaking up makes Kim Jong-kook and Song Ji-hyo hurt as well as the other 4 members confused and awkward. The incident caused a wave of outrage from fans.
The program team along with 6 Running Man members had a meeting and decided not to do Running Man season 2 but would end the program with the number of episodes of 340 with 6 members.
The head of SBS headquarters - Nam Seung-yong, who created "Running Man" in 2010, met and had in-depth conversations with the members from the beginning of the year until the end of the year. recent time. Through these cordial conversations, he apologized to the members many times for the incident that happened during the variety show's overhaul, and all six members agreed to stay. stick with the program
Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Soo Ji-hyoYang, Se-chanJeon, So-min.
On April 27, 2021, Kwang Soo's management company - King Kong by Starship said May 24 will be Lee Kwang Soo's last recording for Running Man: "After being injured by a car accident. Last year, Lee Kwang Soo regularly received physical therapy, although there were times when he found it difficult to maintain his best shape during the filming of Running Man. Long discussions with the production team, fellow members as well as the management company, he finally decided that he needed time to rest, recover physically and mentally.
This decision is not easy because this is a program that Lee Kwang Soo considers as a family for the past 11 years, so it is difficult for him to come to this decision. However, this is inevitable as he ponders his intention to show the audience a better image in the future.
We sincerely thank all viewers who gave their love and support to Lee Kwang Soo on Running Man, and Lee Kwang Soo promised to greet you once again with a healthy and bright image.
Thus, Lee Kwang-Soo officially left Running man after 11 years of sticking.