Shin Dong-yup, Lee Kwang-soo nab top entertainment prizes

Shin Dong-yup, Lee Kwang-soo nab top entertainment prizes
Lee Kwang-soo delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, thanking those who "worked hard to defend 'Running Man.'"
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Comedian-television host Shin Dong-yup and actor-comedian Lee Kwang-soo nabbed the top prizes at this year's SBS Entertainment Awards on Sunday.

Shin received the Grand Prize for successfully hosting "Mom's Diary -- My Ugly Duckling," an SBS reality show spotlighting celebrities and their mothers.

The show, which launched in July, boasted a viewership of over 10 per cent on Fridays at 11 p.m.

Lee took home the Top Excellence Award for his performance on popular variety programme "Running Man," which has been plagued with controversy lately over the alleged dismissal of two of its cast members, Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-gook.

The production team subsequently announced that the two members will stay on until the show's February finale.

Lee delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, thanking those who "worked hard to defend 'Running Man.'"

"To Ji Suk-jin, who taught me about life and entertainment, to Yoo Jae-seok, who made me the person I am today, to Kim Jong-gook, my mentor, to Haha, whom I love like family, to Song Ji-hyo, who is like my real sister, and to Gary, Song Joong-ki and Lizzy. I love you all so much," Lee said, listing each of his teammates.

Korean star Lee Kwang Soo's fans greet him with giraffe plushies

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    Korean actor Lee Kwang Soo, 31, is nowhere like his has-been idol role in the upcoming South Korean remake of American drama Entourage, which revolves around show business.

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    ""My character brags a lot. He has a good heart, but he is unable to express his emotions. He looks irritated and annoyed. In real life, I'm quite different from him," says Lee.

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    Another key difference is that the lanky comedian-actor is still at the peak of his career.

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    His popularity has translated into endorsements - he was invited here as the ambassador of duty-free chain The Shilla to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Shilla Beauty Loft at Changi Airport on Thursday (Oct 20).

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    Fans came armed with signboards emblazoned with Lee's name and giraffe plushies - in reference to his Giraffe nickname, which he was given because of his towering height of 1.9m.

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    Young fan Karina Liswandy, 10, was one of those who turned up with a giraffe toy in hand. The contest winner not only won the chance to get up close with her idol, but she also snagged a hug and a selfie with the star.

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    Primary Four pupil Karina says: "I like him because he is funny. I will print out my selfie with him and paste it on the wall of my room."

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    Lee is a regular cast member of popular South Korean variety show Running Man.

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    Lee is now recognised as a bona fide actor back in South Korea, having played the leading man in romantic TV drama It's Okay, That's Love.

doo@heraldcorp.com

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