Lee Kwang Soo is gearing up for his final moments in the mega-hit program “Running Man.”
After 11 years, the 35-year-old actor is officially bidding goodbye to the longtime running variety show as he films his last episode.
His decision to leave the SBS program was due to a car accident way back in February 2020 that took a toll on his health.
To recall, the actor suffered fractures in his right ankle and was even spotted donning a cast in previous “Running Man” episodes.
Following this, Lee Kwang Soo’s mother sent him a decorated balloon as his farewell gift alongside a message that reads, “Thank you for being with us for 11 years. We will support you.”
Lee Kwang Soo’s mother sent him a balloon for his last filming on Running Man tomorrow 😭
— Running Man PH 🇵🇭 (@RMPHOfficial) May 23, 2021
In addition, his fans also posted their tribute as the actor says goodbye to the smash hit variety show.
— kdrama’s diary (@kdramasdiary) May 24, 2021
THIS IS IT PH Runners ‼️
We will now see our special tribute greeting to our dearest Lee Kwang Soo this Sunday!
WHERE: EDSA GA Tower Northbound
— Running Man PH 🇵🇭 (@RMPHOfficial) May 20, 2021
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Lee Kwang Soo’s Agency on his Final Shooting Day in “Running Man”
On behalf of his label King Kong by Starship, the “Entourage” actor revealed that leaving the Korean variety and game show “Running Man” “wasn’t easy.”
Moreover, he states that his move to push through with his decision is for his welfare as he needed time to recover physically “to show better performances in the future.”
In addition, the 35-year-old actor also thanked his fans for respecting his decision to exit the program.
“I sincerely thank you for the interest and love you sent to Lee Kwang-soo through Running Man.”
At the height of King Kong by Starship’s announcement, a representative of the popular show shared that after a long conversation, they have decided to respect the actor’s intention to withdraw for his well-being.
Moreover, the production crew also mentioned that they will consider the actor as their “eternal member” and encourages the viewers to support the new changes on the show.
The SBS variety program debuted in July 2010 with original cast members Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Gary, Song Joong Ki, and Lee Kwang Soo.
After more than a decade, the “Running Man” cast welcomed its new members Jee Seok Jin, Jeon So-min, Yang Se-chan, and “What is Love” actress Song Ji Hyo.
Kim Ji Suk and Kang Han Na to Replace Lee Kwang Soo?
Amid the exit of Lee Kwang Soo, two celebrities are rumored to replace “The Sound of Your Heart” star.
In a previous report cited by a local outlet, rumors sparked that the “Start-Up” actress Kang Hana and Kim Ji Suk are set to take the actor’s spot.
It came after fans pointed out in a “Running Man” online community that the 40-year-old actor is a perfect addition to the variety show.
To recall, the “When the Camellia Blooms” star appeared in a series of episodes.
Kim Ji Suk was a guest on “Running Man” episodes 190, 446, and 447.
Aside from the actor, Kang Han Na’s name appeared as one of Lee Kwang Soo’s replacement contenders.
The 32-year-old actress wowed the audience with her impeccable performance in the smash hit drama “Start-Up,” “Record of Youth,” and in her upcoming drama “My Roommate Is a Gumiho.”
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Written by Geca Wills