′Running Man′ PD Apologizes Amid Plagiarism Accusations
Im Hyung Taek PD apologized regarding accusations that Running Man plagiarized a Japanese variety show.
Im Hyung Taek PD of SBS′ Running Man stated to Newsen on December 14, "I′m sorry that plagiarism suspicions came about at all. It′s 100& the PD′s responsibility for not checking these things during the meeting."
He continued, "A lot of ideas came out during the meeting, but because I don′t monitor all the variety programs from other countries, it didn′t even cross my mind that there was something similar. Nevertheless, it was my responsibility to check."
Im Hyung Taek PD said, "It appears the production team has an added assignment. I promise to prevent something like this from recurring in the future. If there are people who are displeased, I′m sorry. We will continue to show a better side."
On the December 6 broadcast of Running Man, the members were tasked with finding Gary, who had gone missing, by playing various games with citizens. The members were joined by three citizens for the six-person pinball game, which took place in front of Ewha Womans University. This game was similar to a game played on Fuji TV′s popular variety show VS Arashi.
Arashi is a top idol group in Japan, and many fans in Korea have seen the program. As such, the plagiarism suspicions spread quickly due to the similarities in the game on Running Man.
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