Lee Kwang Soo leaving 'Running Man' after 11 years


Fasiha Nazren | April 27, 2021, 11:57 AM

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If you grew up watching popular South Korean variety series "Running Man", here's some sad news.

After 11 years, original member Lee Kwang Soo is leaving the show.

Last episode on May 24

According to a statement by Lee's agency, King Kong by Starship, the 35-year-old actor will film his last episode on May 24.

The agency cited health reasons for his departure, as he has been having trouble playing his role on "Running Man" due to an injury sustained from an accident last year.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Lee had been injured in a traffic accident in Feb. 2020.

As a result of the accident, he fractured his right ankle and has gone through regular physical therapy sessions.

In the statement, the agency also added that he will need some time to recuperate both physically and mentally.

Here's the agency's statement in full, according to Allkpop:

"We notify that Lee Kwang Soo will be leaving the cast of SBS's 'Running Man' after his final recording on May 24.

After a car accident last year, Lee Kwang Soo has received regular physical therapy; despite the continued treatment, there were times when he felt that it was difficult to maintain top physical condition during 'Running Man' filmings. As a result, Lee Kwang Soo held lengthy conversations with the production staff, crew, his fellow cast members, as well as the agency, and ultimately arrived at the conclusion that he needed time to recuperate, both physically and mentally.

Because it is a program that Lee Kwang Soo has 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 Lee Kwang Soo on 'Running Man', and Lee Kwang Soo promises to greet you all again with a bright and healthy image."

Comical character

Lee is one of the seven original members of "Running Man" since its inception in 2010.

In his time on the show, he is known for his comical and cheeky antics, often betraying his partners for his own gain.

Other original members who have left the show include Song Joong Ki and Gary.

Top image from King Kong by Starship's website.