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[Weekly Up & Down] Lee Kwang Soo Leaves ‘Running Man’, Youn Yuh Jung Wins the Oscar

Lee Kwang Soo Is Leaving ‘Running Man’

Credit: Next Entertainment World

Lee Kwang Soo will be leaving SBS’s Running Man after 11 years. He pondered over the decision for months as he has been with the show for such a long time. However, his worsening health forced him to come to a decision. According to King Kong by Starship, “Despite the continued treatment, he had difficulties maintaining his best physical condition during the shootings. After a lengthy discussion with the fellow members, the production team, and the agency since the accident, we ultimately concluded that he needed time to recuperate physically and mentally.” Meanwhile, the actor was greatly loved through Aisa with the show and won the nickname “Asia Prince.” His replacement is still undecided. 

 

Youn Yuh Jung Wins Oscars for Best  Supporting Actress

Credit: Oscars

Youn Yuh Jung won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Academy Awards on the 26th (KST). She is the first Korean actor and the second Asian actor to achieve the feat. With the news, Youn’s acceptance speech also drew much attention. After she was handed over the trophy, the actress said, “My name is Yuh-Jung Youn, and most of the European people call me Yuh Young, and some of them call me You Jung, but tonight you are all forgiven.” She then added, “I don’t believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close? We played different roles, so we cannot compete with each other. Tonight I have just a little bit of luck, I think. And also, maybe, [this] is American hospitality for the Korean actor.”

 

Park Hye Soo Resumes Her Career Again?

Credit: Lotte Entertainment

Park Hye Soo started filming an independent movie, You and Me (literal title). You and Me is a low-budget film directed by actor Cho Hyun Chul that costs less than 500 million KRW (about $447,080). Park was offered to star in the project when she worked with Cho in the film Samjin Company English Class. Though Park got embroiled in the alleged school violence scandal, she reportedly continued to discuss the movie and prepared for the shooting. Park Hye So and Cho Hyun Chul had a strong will for You and Me. However, as Park’s scandal is still ongoing, people are showing mixed reactions to the news. Meanwhile, Dear. M, starring Park, has been postponed indefinitely.

 

IZ*ONE Wraps Up Their Activities

Credit: IZONE twitter

IZ*ONE officially disbanded on the 29th. IZ*ONE was formed on August 31st, 2018, through Mnet’s Produce 48. However, the group faced a crisis after the Produce series’ allegations of manipulation turned out to be the truth in 2019. Last November, the Seoul High Court disclosed a list of trainees who were victims of the Produce vote manipulation. Because of it, IZ*ONE temporarily suspended its activities. However, Mnet took the blame and announced their support till April 29th, 2021, when their contract expires. Recently, WIZ*ONEs raised 3 billion KRW (about $2,710,260) for the “group re-launching project” to prevent disbandment. On May 1st, IZ*ONE left their final greet on its official social media, saying, “Thanks for loving us all this time.”

 

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