“PD Choi Bo-pil will leave the show”, “Running Man” delivered regrettable news to the viewers.
SBS released an official statement through Newsen on August 2nd, saying “PD Choi Bo-pil, the director of entertainment program ‘Running Man’, will leave the show after episode 617”.
It is known that PD Choi had discussed the organization of a new production team with the members, and after a long discussion, he reportedly decided to be with them until the end of this month.
SBS explained, “PD Choi plans to take some rest to recharge and focus on preparing for a new program”, adding “PD Choi Hyung-in, who is also directing ‘Running Man’, will take over the new role as the main PD”.
PD Choi Bo-pil joined the production team of “Running Man” in March 2020 and has been the main director. For the first time after more than 2 years, he decided to withdraw from the show.
In fact, this news was first known through the post of actress Song Ji-hyo, a cast member of “Running Man”, on August 1st. In an Instagram post, Song Ji-hyo said, “Our beloved Bo-pil! You’ve been running very hard with us for all this time”, expressing her deep regret.
Along with the caption, the actress also released photos of the banner showing the name of PD Choi Bo-pil and the message ‘Congratulations. The best star PD of Running Man, Choi Bo-pil OUT’. It was presumed to be the farewell of “Running Man” family dedicated to PD Choi Bo-pil.
Below is the full text of SBS’s official statement
“PD Choi Bo-pil of ‘Running Man’ will leave the show after episode 617.
PD Choi Bo-pil, who has led ‘Running Man’ since March 2020, already discussed the organization of a new production team with the members and after a long discussion, he reportedly decided to be with them until the end of this month in celebration of the 12th anniversary.
The new PD of ‘Running Man’ will be Choi Hyun-in, who is also directing the show. PD Choi plans to take some rest to recharge and focus on preparing for a new program.
We hope the viewers will show a lot of interest and support for him.”