Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong Kook to donate remaining Running Man fee

Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong Kook to donate remaining Running Man fee
Song Ji Hyo (right) and Kim Jong Kook will stay until Running Man ends in February 2017.
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Actress Song Ji-hyo and singer Kim Jong-kook are reported to be donating their remaining appearance fees to charity following their departures from the variety show Running Man.

"Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook have agreed to collect their income from the appearance fees that they will receive starting from next week to the end of the programme in February to give to the public," said Song's agency spokesperson, as quoted by Antara news agency on Monday.

 The spokesperson also said that the donation's details were still being discussed. Kim's agency has also confirmed the plan.

It was announced last week that Song and Kim, two of the show's regular cast members since it was established in 2010, would be leaving the show. However, it was later reported that the two were not informed of their departure in advance, which led to a backlash among fans.

Following the news of the departures, Kang Ho-dong, an entertainer slated to join the show's new season decided to back out from the show.

SBS then announced on Friday that they would drop the show in February.

Running Man stars Song Ji-Hyo and Kim Jong Kook reportedly booted off show

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    Fans and cast members of hit Korean variety show Running Man can't seem to catch a break.

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    Last week, the show made headlines when it was announced that two of its cast members Song Ji-Hyo and Kim Jong Kook would be leaving.

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    In less than 24 hours, reports of how the two stars were actually booted off the show surfaced.

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    Several Korean media outlets reported that the two stars were "blindsided" and may not have been as involved in discussions about their departure from the show.

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    According to online news site Koreaboo, Song's agency has since released a statement addressing the issue, adding that "it is true there was a lack of active communication from the production crew in the steps leading up to (Song) leaving the show."

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    Kim's agency also announced that reports of the singer "leaving the show one-sidedly" were also true and that the situation is "regrettable".

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    And now it's been revealed that Song was deeply affected by her removal, especially since she apparently did not know about it until the day news broke.

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    Entertainment website Koreaboo reported that a source close to Song disclosed the extent of her despair upon hearing the news and revealed that she had a very difficult time following the news.

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    Song was part of the show's popular 'Monday Couple' along with rapper Gary, who quit the show in October. Her onscreen boyfriend shut down his Instagram page after the controversy.

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    The actress and singer are reported to be donating their remaining appearance fees to charity following their departures from the variety show Running Man.

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    "Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook have agreed to collect their income from the appearance fees that they will receive starting from next week to the end of the programme in February to give to the public," said Song's agency spokesperson, as quoted by Antara news agency on Monday.

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    The spokesperson also said that the donation's details were still being discussed. Kim's agency has also confirmed the plan.

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    Following the news of the departures, Kang Ho-dong, an entertainer slated to join the show's new season decided to back out from the show.

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    His management said: "We don't know all the details of the situation, but Kang Ho Dong doesn't want his casting to cause viewers any discomfort."

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    Running Man will come to an end by February next year, as announced by SBS, the network that airs the show.

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    Kim and Song also confirmed that they would be re-joining Running Man until the end of the series.

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    According to Koreaboo, Song's agency added that she wishes to end things on a good note for the fans and stay loyal to her fellow cast members.

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    Over the years, both the show and its stellar cast have gained fans all over Asia and even the Middle East with several episodes filmed abroad in countries such as Australia, Shanghai, Vietnam and Dubai.

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