The other members of Running Man all respected Lee Kwang Soo’s decision but fans still regretted his departure.
On April 27, actor Lee Kwang Soo’s label King Kong by Starship confirmed in an official press statement that the star will be leaving the cast of SBS’s ‘Running Man’.
The agency relayed,
“We notify that Lee Kwang Soo will be leaving the cast of SBS’s ‘Running Man’ after his final recording on May 24.
After becoming involved in his car accident last year, Lee Kwang Soo has received regular physical therapy. Despite the continued treatment, he felt that it was difficult to maintain top physical condition during ‘Running Man’. As a result, he held lengthy conversations with the production staff, crew, his fellow cast members, as well as the agency, and ultimately concluded that he needed time to recuperate, both physically and mentally.
Because it is a program that he called his home for the past 11 years, it was difficult for him to come to this decision. However, it was inevitable when considering his intention to show viewers a better image in the future.
We sincerely thank all of the viewers for the love they showed him on ‘Running Man’. Lee Kwang Soo promises to greet you all again with a bright and healthy image.”
The production team and members of ‘Running man’ also respected his decision. In the future, ‘Running Man’ will continue with 7 members without Lee Kwang Soo.
Lee Kwang Soo participated in the 1st episode of ‘Running Man’ aired in July 2010. He is loved for his humorous personality. Back in February of 2020, he became involved in a car accident, suffering fractures in his right ankle. As a result, he could not participate in ‘Running Man’ filmings with a cast for several weeks. Except for that time, he regularly appeared with his bright smiles every Sunday.
Not only in Korea but throughout Asia, ‘Running Man’ has received a lot of love. The actor is also known as the ‘Asia’s Prince’.
Besides, Lee Kwang Soo has become an irreplaceable character of ‘Running Man’. He regularly received many awards such as: Rookie of the Year award at SBS Entertainment Awards (2011), Excellence Award at SBS Entertainment Awards (2014), and Grand Prize at SBS Entertainment Awards (2016).
According to SBS, “Asia’s Prince” will join Running Man for the last time this May.