I like statistics. I am kind of a geek like that. Which is why I like looking at the stats around visits to this blog; especially the search terms that relate to RM. While perusing the stats I started noticing trends and started to think…so those are the things people want to know about Running Man (at least some of the things 🙂 )! Honestly they are the same things I wanted / want to know too. So I thought I would dig in and try to answer some of those lingering RM questions. Cheers (and let me know if there is anything else you are wondering about RM, I will do my best to find an answer)!
Will Yoon Eun Hye ever guest on Running Man?
All signs point to No. A definite No.
Yoon Eun Hye, most recently seen in I Miss You, is a big star with a past on variety shows. YEH was a cast member of the now defunct variety program X Man which hosted by current RM MC Yoo Jae Suk and featured RM’s Sparta Kim Jing Kook. While appearing on X Man YEH and Kim Jong Kook were involved in a variety love line that would make the Monday Couple jealous. And such is YEH’s argument for not appearing on the show (from a February 2013 interview):
“I think that it is a really good program, but I don’t think I’m justified in appearing on the show at the moment. I think that it’d be nice if I went on the show when I’m about to start a new movie or drama. I wouldn’t be afraid to go on the show if I thought that it’d be steered in another direction, but I think that they might focus too much on [the love line] if I do go on. If that happens, then there won’t be much significance to me being there. Since it is a good program, I think it will be fun if I get to appear on the show.”
And we have a catch 22. No matter if she is promoting a movie or drama the love line will be inevitably brought up and probably more so than what ever she is promoting. So there really is no good time for her to be on the show. But I appreciate the fact that she cleared everything up- and hate the fact that I feel like there is zero chance she will guest on RM.
Does Lee Kwang Soo have a girlfriend?
Queue St Agnes and the Burning Train. The answer is no, or at least not publicly (though I have read rumors a plenty linking him to unlikely people, such as Japanese actress Natsumi Abe). He had a girlfriend in the past however they are now broken up (his sadness over the break up was mentioned during episode 38).
Which episode is the best / funniest of all time?
That is a question that cannot be answered 🙂 I do have my favorites and those I would recommend above others. Check out Lore in Stone Cities guide to the best episodes here. For episode ratings see the RM episode guide. Cheers!
Why did Song Joong Ki leave Running Man?
Running Man’s resident Flower Boy threw in the towel (or should I say name tag) during episode 41 in order to focus on his acting career. His schedule, consisting of his acting and his appearance on Running Man, became too much for him (and led to a very teary promise to return a better person). Despite the sorrow of seeing SJK leave his decision seems to have worked out well- JK has had hit movies (Wolf Boy) and hit television shows (Nice Guy) since his departure from RM.
Has Lee Kwang Soo served his mandatory time in the military?
Yes. Lee Kwang Soo completed his mandatory military service after graduating from high school. While many celebrities may complete their service later- say when they are approaching the deadline of 30 years old (in order to get the most out of their youth)- the majority of non celebrity Korean men enter the military after high school / college.
Does Gary have a girlfriend?
Ji Hyo…? No, unfortunately Ji Hyo is dating someone else right now. Gary did have a girlfriend of five years, he wrote a lot of the songs on the LeeSsang album Black Sun about their breakup. I have searched, and searched, and translated and I cannot find any reliable proof that Kang Gary has a special someone as of right now. But hey- you never know right?
I just hope if there is a girlfriend the news stays hidden-because I like to live in my delusional fantasy world where the Monday couple is real and married. And before you remind me, yes I know hoping he keeps his love life quiet to keep fan’s hopes up is a really selfish thing to ask. But I can’t hear you because I am too busy looping MC clips. Lalalalala!
Where does the nickname Yoomes Bond come from?
Yoomes Bond was born in episode 38, when Yoo Jae Suk was tasked with eliminating his fellow Running Man costars using a combination of stealth and a water gun. The premise was so well played Yoomes Bond usually makes at least one appearance a year.