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After much drama before 2016 ended, SBS has just announced that the 7-year old variety show Running Man will continue filming despite the agreed cancellation of the show next month.


I learned about the news when I checked my Instagram account and the first post to appear on my feed was an announcement made by SBS on Running Man's official Instagram account of the show's retention.



πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ» [‘λŸ°λ‹λ§¨’ μ œμž‘μ§„ 곡식 μž…μž₯] λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ μ’…μ˜μ„ μ•„μ‰¬μ›Œν•˜λŠ” κ΅­λ‚΄μ™Έ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ νŒ¬λ“€μ˜ λͺ©μ†Œλ¦¬μ—, SBS와 6인의 λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ 멀버듀은 ν˜„μž¬ 멀버 κ·ΈλŒ€λ‘œ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨μ„ 계속 μ΄μ–΄κ°€κΈ°λ‘œ κ²°μ •ν–ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.  μ§€λ‚œ 2010λ…„ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨μ„ 졜초둜 κΈ°νšν•œ μ‹ μž„ λ‚¨μŠΉμš© SBS 예λŠ₯λ³ΈλΆ€μž₯은 올 μ΄ˆλΆ€ν„°  μ΅œκ·ΌκΉŒμ§€ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ 멀버λ₯Ό λͺ¨λ‘ λ§Œλ‚˜μ„œ μ§„μ†”ν•œ λŒ€ν™”λ₯Ό λ‚˜λˆ΄μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.  λ©€λ²„λ“€κ³Όμ˜ λŒ€ν™”λ₯Ό 톡해 κ·Έ λ™μ•ˆ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ 개편 κ³Όμ •μ—μ„œ μΌμ–΄λ‚œ 일듀에 κ±°λ“­ μ‚¬κ³Όν–ˆκ³ , 이에 6인 멀버듀은 λŸ°λ‹λ§¨μ„ μ§€μ†ν•˜κΈ°λ‘œ ν•©μ˜ν–ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ‚¨μŠΉμš© μ‹ μž„ λ³ΈλΆ€μž₯은 “쉽지 μ•Šμ€ 결정을 λ‚΄λ €μ€€ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ λ©€λ²„λ“€κ»˜ μ§„μ‹¬μœΌλ‘œ κ°μ‚¬λ“œλ¦¬κ³ , λ˜ν•œ μ§€λ‚œ 7λ…„κ°„ λŸ°λ‹λ§¨μ„ μ‚¬λž‘ν•΄ μ£Όμ‹  κ΅­λ‚΄μ™Έ νŒ¬λ“€κ»˜ λ³΄λ‹΅ν•˜κΈ° μœ„ν•΄μ„œλΌλ„ μ•žμœΌλ‘œ λ”μš± μž¬λ―ΈμžˆλŠ” λŸ°λ‹λ§¨μœΌλ‘œ μ‹œμ²­μž μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„μ„ μ°Ύμ•„κ°ˆ 수 μžˆλ„λ‘ μ΅œμ„ μ„ λ‹€ν•˜κ² λ‹€”라고 포뢀λ₯Ό λ°ν˜”μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ» [RunningMan Staffs' official announcement] SBS & 6 RM members decided to keep going on RunningMan without stopping in consideration of RM fans' wishes for RM to be continued. NamSeungYong, new Vice President of SBS Entertainment Headquarters, who had planned RM firstly in 2010, has had sincere conversations with 6 RM members from the beginning of this year to up until now. He offered apology to 6 RM members again for the past things on the way of RM renewal and 6 RM members agreed to continue RM without stopping. He expressed sincere appreciation to 6 RM members for their difficult decision and he announced that he would do his best to make RM more enjoyable to return RM fans around the world who had been showing endless love for RM for 7 years since 2010. ••• #λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ #RunningMan #RM
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[RunningMan Staffs' official announcement] SBS & 6 RM members decided to keep going on RunningMan without stopping in consideration of RM fans' wishes for RM to be continued. NamSeungYong, new Vice President of SBS Entertainment Headquarters, who had planned RM firstly in 2010, has had sincere conversations with 6 RM members from the beginning of this year to up until now. He offered apology to 6 RM members again for the past things on the way of RM renewal and 6 RM members agreed to continue RM without stopping. He expressed sincere appreciation to 6 RM members for their difficult decision and he announced that he would do his best to make RM more enjoyable to return RM fans around the world who had been showing endless love for RM for 7 years since 2010. ••• #λŸ°λ‹λ§¨ #RunningMan #RM


I can clearly remember how all of these started. Kang Gary filmed his last Running Man episode and a few days after, news about Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook being booted out (voluntary exited, whatever you call it) of the show surfaced. It just did not make sense to me as to why these two will decide/be removed on the show without any pre-empt or advance notice. And then news about ending the show and starting a new season hosted by Kang Ho Dong began to get the spotlight (KHD respectfully refused to do the show though.). Much talk must have happened behind closed doors, until the news broke out that SBS has the final decision to finish the show with a couple of episodes until February. With this in mind, the hosts agreed to finish the last few episodes, and the producers even dedicated those to be a member's episode per week. The news of KJK and SJH's removal from the show disappointed so many fans in Korea and much more overseas where Running Man has gained a great percentage of its fan base. But the disappointment turned into anger for some when the final decision to end the show for good was announced. They started to hate the SBS network, the producers or anybody who might be responsible for this mess,


A few episodes more until February, SBS retracted its decision and  we get the news of Running Man continuing the fun this year!


I maybe spoiling and being negative, but the retraction of the cancellation is a bit fishy for me. At one point I am happy that the show will continue. I have heard about Running Man since I was in college, but I never get to watch it until just last year. It really entertained me and even made me a fan of the show just in a couple of months of binge-watching the episodes. I even have picked my favorites, too! On the other I am kind of doubting the purpose of keeping the show going. I am not sure what SBS realized after pounding the "End the show" verdict to Running Man last December and what or who made them change their mind. What were they thinking?!?!?!?


Anyway, let's leave it on a positive note. Let's be happy that our favorite 7012 (or 6012?) will continue together and will put their best every episode to give us fun and laughter every Sunday. Let's wish that they always be in good shape and no one gets ill so that we can see them complete every week.

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