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One of the fixed cast members on SBS’s ‘Running Man’, Lee Kwang Soo, is leaving the show after 11 years. As stated by Lee Kwang Soo’s agency King Kong by Starship on April 27, Lee Kwang Soo will be stepping down from the show due to his injury in a car accident that happened last year.
Lee Kwang Soo is leaving ‘Running Man’
Why Lee Kwang Soo is leaving ‘Running Man’
Lee Kwang Soo has suffered an injury in a car accident that happened on February 15, 2020. He was hit by a car violating traffic signals. The doctor diagnosed him with a fracture in his right ankle. Though it has been a year, he still needs time to recover from the injury.
Statement from the agency, King Kong by Starship
Lee Kwang Soo’s agency King Kong by Starship stated, “Lee Kwang Soo will be stepping down from SBS’s ‘Running Man.’ His last recording will take place on May 24. Since his injury from the accident last year, he had been steadily undergoing rehabilitation treatment, but it has been difficult for him to be in perfect condition during the recordings. After long discussions between the members, producers, and his agency since the accident, it was decided that he will take some time to take care of his body and mind. We sincerely thank you for sending so much love and attention to Lee Kwang Soo on ‘Running Man.'”
Statement from SBS
Regarding this matter, SBS also released an official statement announcing Lee Kwang Soo stepping down from the show.
This is our official statement regarding actor Lee Kwang Soo’s departure from SBS’s “Running Man.”
The “Running Man” members and production team have been steadily discussing Lee Kwang Soo’s resignation from the program for a long time, and we will respect Lee Kwang Soo’s decision to step down.
Since his car accident last year, Lee Kwang Soo has been going through rehabilitation for his leg, and even when he was not in the best of health, he undertook both the rehabilitation treatment and ‘Running Man’ recordings at the same time out of his love and responsibility for the show. However, despite Lee Kwang Soo’s efforts, it was not easy for him to do both at once, and he spoke about his concerns with the members and production team.
The members and production team would have liked to continue with Lee Kwang Soo on “Running Man” for a longer time. Still, as Lee Kwang Soo’s opinion as a member of “Running Man” is important, we have decided to respect his decision after a long period of discussion. We are unfortunately faced with a beautiful goodbye, but we ask the viewers to show warm support and encouragement to Lee Kwang Soo and the members who made a difficult decision. The “Running Man” members and production team will also cheer on Lee Kwang Soo, an “eternal member.” Thank you.
Fans will dearly miss Lee Kwang Soo on the favorite SBS’s program. Wish him a speedy recovery.
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