Running Man Crew Publicly Apologize to Members in TV, But Seriously?


To quote Daoming Si’s catchphrase in the Taiwanese Meteor Garden, here’s what I have to say: 道歉有用要警察干吗?

By now, every Running Man fan should be aware of the controversy surrounding the hit variety show, and the cancellation of the show. The members haven’t publicly made any statement about the issue (except Gary who did it subtly by deleting all Running Man images in his Instagram save for an image of him, Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo as a form of silent protest), so you can expect awkwardness in the next episode.

And awkwardness we do get.

In the latest episode, which is also a Christmas special, there’s a scene at the end whereby the crew gifted them a large box. In it was a large bouquet of flowers, apples and a letter.


Kim Jong Kook even sportingly joked that he thought he won’t be seeing any of them anymore (he and Song Ji Hyo were allegedly initially axed from the show without being told).

The letter, by the producers, stated: “To our loving Running Man cast members. We apologize for the hurt and pain we have caused you. We will do our best to be a more mature and hardworking staff from now on.”

And Yoo Jae Suk, being the polite leader he has always been, spoke for everyone when he said, “We will work harder than ever in the new year. We would like to take this moment to apologize to our viewers once more for causing them distress.”

Here’s the thing: we don’t need staff to be more mature and hardworking. All we want is Running Man to be back, because here’s what is wrong here.

It is pretty obvious that the cancellation is mainly due to three key factors: the departure of the pioneer producers in 2014, the China version of Running Man that not only overshadowed it but took their producers away, and the alleged decision of one man who had just been promoted.

It’s like a relationship that has been strained since 2014, and the relationship is being forced to go on for two more years with unhappiness.

And no one has come out to solve the problem. All of a sudden, they apologize for being immature and not hardworking enough?

I don’t know about you, but here’s what I see: they seem to be putting the current controversy as a fall guy for the cancellation. If so, it’s one heck of a strategy to end a beloved show.

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