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Running Man Long-time PD Choi Bo Pil Leaves Variety Show + Receives Heartfelt Tributes From Cast Members

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Running Man and its cast members bid goodbye to its PD, Choi Bo Pil.

Running Man has been handled by different PDs since it started in July 2010. The cast members have also been working closely with the cameramen (VJs), production directors (PDs), floor directors (FDs), stylists, boom operators, etc.

This year, the variety program has to continue without one of its main production staff as PD Choi Bo Pil decided to leave his post.

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Choi Bo Pil Leaves Running Man

SBS (via NEWSIS) announced on August 2 that Running Man and the cast members would be under a new producing director. With that, Choi Bo Pil exited the program after its 617th episode.

“PD Choi Bo Pil will leave ‘Running Man’ after the 617th episode. He took over ‘Running Man’ in March 2020 and discussed the new production team with the members. After a long discussion, he decided to stay until this month around the show’s 12th anniversary,” the statement said.

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The network did not reveal why Choi Bo Pil decided to step down, but it confirmed that he would take some time “to recharge” as he prepares for a new program.

Choi Bo Pil joined Running Man in November 2014. He initially worked as an assistant director before becoming the main PD in March 2020. He replaced PD Jung Cheol Min at that time.

Following his exit, Choi Hyung In would reportedly be the new PD.

Song Ji Hyo Leaves Heartfelt Message to PD Choi Bo Pil

Following the announcement, Song Ji Hyo posted a personal message for the PD alongside photos of a banner with the cast members’ nametags all over it.

The greatest star PD of ‘Running Man” and “Choi Bo Pil, you’re out! Our beloved Bo Pil! Good work for running alongside us all this time!” she captioned the post.

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