Why is Yoo Jae Suk the Most Popular Partner on ‘Running Man’?
You’ve probably noticed one thing while watching SBS’ Running Man: female guests really like Yoo Jae Suk.
On the March 18 broadcast of Running Man, Ha Ji Won chose Yoo Jae Suk as her partner without any hesitation, but the sight wasn’t anything new. The pairing of Yoo Jae Suk with a female celebrity even seems to come naturally on the show these days.
Many guests choose Yoo Jae Suk to be their partner when they’re given the chance. This is especially noticeable when the guest is a female, and when she is appearing on the show alone. Many female guests such as Son Ye Jin, Lee Min Jung, Oh Yeon Soo and Shin Se Kyung have all wanted to be on the same team as Yoo Jae Suk.
Of course, who wouldn’t want Yoo Jae Suk as a partner? Put yourself in their shoes.
Yoo Jae Suk is one of the main figures in the show, and boasts the greatest exposure in Running Man out of the other members. He is the ‘Nation’s MC’, and as he does live up to that name, he always appears in the show for a certain amount of time. Therefore, appearing with Yoo Jae Suk would guarantee a base level of exposure.
Another reason is ‘friendship’. Ha Ji Won is an example that chose Yoo Jae Suk for this reason. Most guests are on friendly terms with Yoo Jae Suk, letting them become more laid back and comfortable even in front of the camera. This kind of attitude opens up opportunities for a more natural and appealing image to seep through.
Yoo Jae Suk is also famous for being a very caring host. Some of the worries that guests appearing for the first time on Running Man hold are probably about how awkward they’ll feel on set. Thus, they choose Yoo Jae Suk to feel less awkward under his manners and consideration.
Some also probably have different reasons outside of the program. Most guests that appear on Running Man appear to promote something. Yoo Jae Suk hosts many programs in all three main channels, meaning that there’s a good chance the guest and Yoo Jae Suk will be meeting again in another program in another channel.
It wouldn’t do any harm to befriend him first in Running Man before any other variety appearances. Lee Min Jung actually displayed a more comfortable air in KBS2’s Happy Together, hosted by Yoo Jae Suk, after appearing as his partner in Running Man before.
These are just some reasons, but of course, it could all just be because he’s such a likeable person - and perhaps that′s the most important thing. He is, after all, ‘God Yoo’.
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